Divorce in Alabama
To file for divorce in Alabama, at least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for six months prior to filing. Alabama is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means that a spouse does not have to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong in order to obtain a divorce.
The grounds for divorce in Alabama include:
- Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
- Drug addiction or habitual drunkenness
- Incompatibility of temperament
- Mental incapacity at the time of marriage
- Consanguinity (marriage between close blood relatives)
Alabama allows for both fault and no-fault divorces. If one spouse is found to be at fault, it may impact the division of property, spousal support, and custody arrangements.
The divorce process in Alabama begins with filing a complaint for divorce with the appropriate court. The complaint must include the grounds for divorce and any requests for division of property, spousal support, or child custody. The other spouse will then be served with the complaint and given the opportunity to respond.
If the divorce is uncontested, meaning both spouses agree to the terms of the divorce, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the divorce. If the divorce is contested, meaning the spouses do not agree on all issues, a trial will be scheduled to resolve the outstanding issues.
Overall, the divorce process in Alabama can be complex, and it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.