Divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved. During this time, the courts will rule on the division of your property, where your children live and many other important issues. For this reason, you need a trustworthy attorney on your side to provide guidance and support.
About Divorce in Alabama
The state of Alabama offers two different types of divorce: contested and uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on the division of your property and custodial arrangement, and an attorney prepares all the appropriate documents to effectuate your agreement. In a contested divorce, you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your separation. One party sues the other for a divorce, and you ask the Court to decide how to divide your debts assets and custody.
During divorce proceedings, the court must determine:
- How property will be divided. – Property in Alabama will be divided equitably, but not necessarily equally.
- How debt will be divided. – Division of debt depends on the nature of the debt, as well as the ability of each spouse to pay.
- Child custody arrangements. – Child custody arrangements in Alabama are based on the best interests of the children.
- Child support orders. – In most cases, the noncustodial parent will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent.
- Whether spousal maintenance will be necessary. – Temporary, short-term or long-term alimony may be ordered in Alabama divorce cases.
In some cases, the divorcing spouses may be able to reach an agreement on their own through mediation. However, if an agreement is not possible, the matter will be taken before a judge for a trial. In these situations it is very important that you hire an attorney who is confident in the courtroom and capable of presenting your case effectively. Rachel Eidson is experienced in this type of work and will put that experience to work for you.
Hiring an Attorney
Even if you and your spouse are on good terms, it is still wise to consult an attorney if you are involved in divorce proceedings. The laws surrounding divorce in Alabama can be complicated, but an experienced divorce attorney can help you understand how they apply to your case. A skilled divorce attorney will also help you make sure that your interests are accurately represented throughout all phases of the case.
Contact Rachel W. Eidson, LLC
If you are planning to file for divorce in Alabama, or if you have already been served with paperwork, you need to talk to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Please contact Rachel W. Eidson, LLC, today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.