Divorce laws in Alabama

Alabama divorce laws are found in Alabama Code Title 30 with different topics separated by Chapters.

The circuit courts, located in each county in Alabama, have exclusive jurisdiction to process and rule on divorce cases. In addition to the Alabama Codes there are numerous rules of procedure that apply to how a divorce case is processed through the court and what actions and deadlines apply to the divorcing spouses. In addition, each individual court may have local rules and procedures relevant only to that county. These local rules are in addition to the standard rules of procedure that apply to all circuit courts in Alabama.

Divorce is not only an emotional progression but a very real and serious legal event. A divorce order legally and permanently ends a marriage. The Final Judgement in Divorce indicates how assets and debts are to be divided and sets out child support, visitation and parental responsibility should the spouses have children together. Having knowledge of the law and your rights are imperative as the decisions and agreements you reach with your spouse have long term consequences.

To aid you in improving your knowledge of divorce law in Alabama, we have extracted certain sections of the Alabama Code for you. We organized these sections of law into common areas wherein couples generally have the most questions.

Alabama Law Disclaimer

Alabama divorce laws may change for several reasons, but generally due to the legislature making changes to it, or courts rendering legal decisions that affect how laws are to be interpreted and utilized. For these reasons you should not rely exclusively on anything you read on this website or any website. Please also be aware that Alabama laws often change and the Alabama Family Code sections listed on this website may not be the most current or relevant laws for your individual situation and circumstances.

For the reasons explained above as well as others, you should consider the laws listed on this website as general in nature and simply an introduction to Alabama divorce law. The laws listed herein are in no way complete or representative of all the laws, regulations, procedural rules, etc that may be relevant to your divorce in Alabama. The content on this website is intended for couples seeking a no fault (uncontested) divorce in Alabama. Should your case be or become contested, involve complex issues, or require litigation know that the information provided on this website may not apply in such situations.

It’s always wise, and strongly encouraged by us, that you consult with a duly licensed Alabama attorney experienced in Alabama divorce and family law before making any legal decisions or entering into any agreements.