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How long does it take to get a divorce in Alabama?

Getting a divorce in Alabama can be a complex process, and the length of time it takes can vary depending on a number of factors. Here’s a general rundown of what you can expect:

  • Filing the paperwork: Once you or your attorney file the divorce petition with the court, it typically takes around 2-3 weeks for your spouse to be served.
  • Waiting period: Alabama has a 60-day waiting period from the date of service for your spouse to file a response. If your spouse does file a response, this can add additional time to the process.
  • Negotiating the divorce: If you and your spouse are able to reach a settlement agreement, this can help speed up the process. However, if you’re unable to reach an agreement, the divorce could take much longer as the court will need to make decisions about property division, alimony, and other issues.
  • Trial: If you and your spouse are unable to reach a settlement agreement, a trial will be necessary. This can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending on the court’s schedule and the complexity of your case.

Keep in mind that this is just a general overview, and the length of time your divorce takes will depend on the specific facts of your case. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to Charlotte Christian Law at (256) 445-9206 to speak with an onboarding team member. 

Just remember that this is only general information and not legal advice, and the answers for each question can vary depending on the specifics of your case. So, it’s always best to consult with an attorney to get the most accurate information.

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