An Alabama divorce can be a quite expensive process. Just how expensive depends on a number of factors, such as the issues involved, like child custody and the composition, value, and complexity of the marital assets.
Cost of Divorce in Alabama
The actions taken by the other lawyer can have an impact on the expense as well as your spouse’s attitude and approach to the process. Often, the parties are able to resolve some, if not all of the issues, prior to trial, which can limit the time and expense needed for trial preparation.
Of course, the best option for avoiding time and expense in a divorce case is for the parties to cooperate and reach an agreement they both can live with. Even if it is not perfect, an agreement you reach with your spouse is often preferable to leaving the division of your life up to a judge. Even though the judges in North Alabama do an outstanding job, they still have a very limited window of time during a trial to arrive at decisions that will affect the rest of your life, and they will never be able to understand your particular situation and goals as well as you do.
The Timeframe of an Alabama Divorce
As for how long a divorce will take, that also depends on a number of factors such as your particular judge’s caseload, the other divorce cases ahead of yours, and conflicts that we or the other lawyer may have with your case setting. As a general rule of thumb you can expect your case to take at least six months for your case to be set for trial, but in some instances, it can take over a year for a case to actually get to trial.
If you are able to reach an agreement on the front end, however, we can typically complete the necessary paperwork quickly and after the Judge signs off on your divorce decree, it becomes final in 30 days. It’s also important to remember that even if you don’t reach an agreement at the start of the divorce, you can still do so at any time during the process, even if a contested divorce proceeding is already underway.
Contact our Huntsville Family Law Firm Now
At New Beginnings Family Law, we understand how stressful and devastating a divorce and child custody issues can be for a family. Our team is committed to providing a caring and comfortable environment where you can feel safe to talk about your case and your goals for the future.
You can trust our Huntsville family law attorneys to:
- Objectively review your case from every angle to develop a smart strategy for moving forward Push toward a satisfactory resolution before your case goes to court
- Provide strong and relentless courtroom advocacy if your case must go to trial
- Always put the needs of your children first
- Make ourselves available anytime you need to talk
- Truly sympathize with your situation, because many of us have been there ourselves
With more than a decade of experience successfully handling all types of family law cases, our team is prepared to guide you through this difficult time and help get you to the place you want to be. Contact us now to get started.