How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Alabama?
Under Ala. Code § 30-2-8.1, Alabama requires a 30-day cooling off or waiting period. This begins the date you file a divorce complaint and summons. This is a very short time, and spouses may not reach agreements on all the necessary factors.
The more contested aspects of the divorce, the longer agreements could take. Even when the partners agree on most factors, the process takes time. Obtaining all the necessary documents, such as bank statements, home appraisals, and debt balances often takes longer than you might have anticipated.
If the case needs to go to trial because the two parties cannot agree, it could take a year or longer to receive a final judgment and decree. The judge will likely enter temporary orders for custody and support.