Realizing a marriage isn’t working and coming to the decision to divorce isn’t one that is often made hastily. After exhausting all other avenues and settling on a path for divorce, you may wonder, how long will a divorce take? And when can you begin this new chapter of your life? The answer, however, is far from clear or conclusive. It can take anywhere from 30 days, in the simplest of cases, to well over a year, when there are many decisions to be made and few that are mutually agreed upon.
Alabama has a mandatory 30-day waiting period from the time the petition to divorce is filed and the spouse is served with divorce papers to the time a divorce is finalized. So, under ideal circumstances, a divorce can be petitioned for and finalized within a month. However, that requires that both spouses agree to a no-fault divorce, and are in agreement in all issues to be decided in the divorce process. However, that is seldom the case. There is also a 30-day period from the time the spouse receives the divorce papers to reply to a complaint for divorce, which can overlap with the waiting period.
The issues that need to be decided on before a divorce can be finalized include how to divide marital assets and debt, whether there will be alimony, the custody of any children involved, and whether child support will be paid.
The team at the Hankey Law Firm understands that deciding to divorce can be one of the most stressful and difficult times in a person’s life. We know that the decision to end a marriage isn’t one made easily, which is why it is our mission to support you through the process, making it as painless as possible. Whether it’s an uncontested divorce with few assets or an arduous divorce with property and custody disputes, we are well-prepared to meet any and all of your family law needs. We proudly serve the people of Cullman County, Blount County, Winston County, Madison County, Morgan County, and beyond. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the divorce process with discretion, dedication, and compassion, and advocate for you every step of the way. Contact us today so we can help you get started.