If you are contemplating divorce in Decatur or Huntsville, Alabama or are already in litigation for divorce, you may have questions about the different type of divorces. There are two types of divorce available in Alabama: contested and uncontested divorce.
Contested divorces are generally more difficult and costly. A divorce is considered contested when these issues cannot be agreed upon outside of court. At this point the courts must get involved to hear testimony and determine how things will be divided and what will happen with any children involved. Contested divorces are commonplace now, especially since there are so many different issues to resolve during the course of terminating a marriage. The typical issues requiring resolution during the course of a contested divorce include sensitive topics such as child custody, child support and asset distribution.
Uncontested divorces are often referred to as simple divorces. A divorce is “uncontested” when spouses agree on each and every issue in their divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both spouses are able to agree on all issues associated with the end of their marriage. Unlike contested divorce, it is often unnecessary for both sides to hire an attorney. Instead, the parties can agree to hire one lawyer to help them prepare and file the necessary documentation with the court. Uncontested divorce has several significant advantages, including: less costs, time, and less anxiety and emotional strain. This type of agreement is not equated necessarily with an amicable divorce, however. Instead, the agreement means that all disputed items raised between the couple were settled out of court and short of the requirement of judicial adjudication. Most couples would probably prefer an uncontested divorce because of its speed, simplicity, convenience, privacy, and inexpensiveness. The efficiency and cost savings of uncontested divorces are the major advantages highlighted by most divorcing couples.
At the law firm of Ferguson and Ferguson, we have over 45 years of combined legal experience. If you are considering divorce it is important to speak with a legal professional before taking action. An experienced divorce attorney will be able to help you prepare your case and should your divorce be contested, he or she will be there for you throughout the trial. If you are seeking legal counsel in Decatur or Huntsville, contact the Law Office of Ferguson & Ferguson at 256-350-7200 or 256-534-3435. We have offices conveniently located in downtown Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama. We are here to help.
Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Decatur Office Location:
401 Lee Street, Suite 607A
Decatur, AL 35601