Divorce & Family Lawyer in Mobile, AL
There are plenty of family law attorneys out there but many of them will not start a case without a large down payment. Sometimes these payments can be $5,000 or more.
This is why we offer payment plans to get your case started and ready for trial. As long as you pay the fee prior to the trial beginning you will have the representation you need.
Professional & Personal Experience
Renee not only has professional experience with divorce she also has personal experience. She understands how difficult and emotional divorce can be. She has been there. Divorce is something that affects the entire family… Especially children. She knows what this feels like and understands what you are going through. Her empathy for your situation drives her to get the best results possible.
Divorce Is Expensive…We Will Be There For You
We have taken on so many cases where our clients would not have won if we did not have this payment plan in place. They would have been left by themselves in trial.
If your spouse makes more money, we will go to trial in the beginning to fight for the spouse to have to pay your attorney fees.
Rather than charging an hourly rate we charge a flat rate so you know, upfront, what you will pay.
Uncontested Divorce Fees
Uncontested divorces are when both parties agree to the divorce.
An Uncontested Divorce is when both parties agree to the divorce and their are no children or assets to settle on.
Our Fee is $495.00 including the filing fee.
An Uncontested Divorce With Children is when both parties agree to the divorce and and there are no custody issues.
Our fee is $695.00 including the filing fee.
Experienced Family Law Guidance
When a legal problem affects the family, it is very important to handle it with care and attention to detail. The outcome of your family law issue will likely affect you for years to come, even the rest of your life
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling family law matters. You will be in good hands as we guide you through any family law issue you may face, including:
- Property division
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
Alabama Divorce Laws
Like other states, Alabama has residency requirements for those seeking a divorce. At least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for the six months preceding the divorce filing. After the summons, there is a minimum waiting period of 30 days. However, depending on how negotiations play out, it’s common for divorces to take much longer.
Alabama is one of just a few states that grant fault divorces. Most states only recognize no-fault divorce, which permits couples to divorce by citing an irreparable breakdown of the relationship. Alabama also allows for divorce cases to be filed for:
- Violence and cruelty
- One party incarcerated for at least two years while serving a sentence of at least seven years
- Substance use
- Commission of certain crimes before or during the marriage
- Institutionalization in a mental hospital for at least five years
- Pregnancy previously unknown to the husband
While you may choose to go this route, be aware that you do have to prove your claims in order to be granted a fault divorce. For some, even those who have been victimized by the behaviors above, filing for a no-fault divorce is the faster and less stressful option. No-fault divorce simply acknowledges that the marriage cannot be saved.
Is Your Divorce Contested or Uncontested?
The relationship between you and your spouse essentially determines whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. A contested divorce is one in which one party files for divorce and the other is served with papers.
Through discovery, both parties gather evidence as they prepare to fight for what they want in court. During this time, the divorcing couple may undergo mediation or other types of alternative dispute resolution options in order to avoid court and decide the issues themselves.
In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree to divorce and are able to negotiate the terms of the split without a court’s intervention. This generally occurs during informal negotiations or mediation, depending on how much assistance they need. Those decisions are drafted and submitted to the court, and in most cases, the judge agrees to the terms and signs off on the divorce.
Issues to Think About as You Prepare for Divorce
Whether you are going through a contested or uncontested divorce, there are numerous issues you’ll need to work through in order to end your marriage. This is one of the main benefits of hiring an attorney, as they can lay out these issues for you, help you understand your options for each one, and negotiate on your behalf. Some of the topics you’ll need to think about include:
- Division of assets. The debts and assets you acquired as a couple will have to be divided in an equitable way. Quite a few factors go into determining what is equitable, including each party’s health and age, their ability to earn an income, separate assets they may own, if one party was at fault for the divorce, and sacrifices made by each party.
- Child custody. If the marriage produced children, the parents would need to decide how to split the parenting time. If they cannot come to an agreement, the court will ultimately make that decision. Alabama courts prefer agreements that give children substantial time with both parents, but if the parents come to an agreement without the court’s involvement, a judge will generally sign off on it.
- Child support. In Alabama, child support is usually determined by a simple calculation. There are circumstances that warrant deviating from this calculation, which is why it’s important to talk about it with your attorney. For example, a child with extraordinary medical needs or a parent with a very high or very low income may require a different child support amount.
- Alimony is often awarded when there are significant income discrepancies in a marriage, particularly if one party gave up educational or career opportunities in order to support a spouse’s career. It is rare for permanent alimony to be granted—usually, alimony lasts just long enough to help the lower-earning spouse get the education or training they need to support themselves. The cost of living in Mobile is almost 20% lower than the national average,
We Will Guide You Through The Process
At Thiry & Caddell, LLP , we handle critical family law matters, like divorce and custody, for clients in Mobile and throughout surrounding Alabama communities. If you are struggling with a divorce, a child custody dispute, child support dispute or any other family law matter, our attorneys are here to guide you through the process and be the strong advocate you need to protect your rights.
We make quality legal representation accessible and affordable. Ask us about our payment plans for family law clients.
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