At Russo White & Keller P.C. in Birmingham, our attorneys handle contested and uncontested divorce cases.

What Is A Contested Divorce?

Contested divorces traditionally involve situations where the parties cannot agree on some major point such as property division, alimony, custody, child support or attorney's fees. Often in these cases there are grounds for the divorce other than incompatibility, such as adultery, domestic violence or drug addiction.

The question of "How long will this divorce take?" is easily one of the most frequently asked questions. The short answer is that is depends upon the willingness of both parties to sit down and negotiate a settlement in their case. It takes both parties to settle the divorce and have it move as expeditiously as possible. It only takes one person to drive up the costs and length of time it takes to get a divorce.

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

Often there is confusion about the difference between an uncontested divorce and a contested divorce. Generally speaking, an uncontested divorce is usually based upon compatibility between the parties who have reached an overall consensus of how their property should be separated and how to handle custody, visitation, child support, alimony and other issues. If both parties agree on all issues, it can save the parties money, emotional stress and future abilities to communicate, which can be especially important if children are involved. If the parties disagree on any one issue, the divorce is contested.

The phrase "the devil is in the details" is one that can be applicable in most divorce cases. While the parties may have an overall general consensus on how the marriage should end, most have difficulty putting the general consensus into a detailed divorce agreement. In addition to the divorce agreement, there are many other required forms which must be completed exactly right in order to obtain an uncontested divorce. When you also take into account the fact that different judges have different requirements, even an uncontested divorce can become very complicated to anyone who does not practice divorce law on a regular basis.

We have practiced Alabama divorce law on a daily basis for decades. We are more than qualified to assist you in preparing a comprehensive settlement agreement and obtaining an uncontested divorce. We can streamline the process and prepare the necessary paperwork so that you don't even go to court.

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