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Mar 10, 2020 8:00 PM ET

What are the requirements for an uncontested divorce in Shelby County Alabama?




iCrowd Newswire - Mar 10, 2020

Uncontested divorce actions are often time consuming and cause emotional and financial battles that require professional support from family law attorneys.  In Shelby County, a person can file for an uncontested divorce, but a document called a custody affidavit is required to be signed by both parties. Even though the affidavit is not required in every county in Alabama, a person will not be able to receive a divorce decree in Shelby county without first signing the affidavit. Basic requirements to secure an uncontested divorce in Shelby County Alabama, individuals must:

  1. Residency – at least one spouse must be a resident of the state of Alabama and an affidavit of residency is required;
  2. Complete paperwork – although the complaint form is the initial first step to end a marriage, other terms for the divorce must be put in writing and agreed to by divorcing parties and may be referred to as a “marriage settlement agreement.” A copy of the agreement will need to be filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s Office and parties should keep 2 copies for themselves for backup and service to the other spouse;
  3. Service – service is a requirement of a divorce proceeding in Alabama and can be accomplished through:

These steps will need to be followed for an uncontested divorce with or without children. Filing distinctions when children are involved include a child support information sheet; support obligation income affidavits; child support guidelines forms; and a child support guideline notice of compliance. 

Parental education requirements.

Parents must also attend a class and seminar in:

Seek legal counsel.

An attorney can assist with the preparation of documents, including a notice to the defendant to let them know of impending legal action; instructions for employers to inform spouses’ boss of any payments related to the action; answer to the order of withholding puts order in action and finally, an order of service and return.  A lawyer is the best option to make sure the paperwork is completed correctly and filed in a timely manner.  Sometimes an uncontested divorce can become a contested divorce and the intricacies involved may require a higher level of family law knowledge. 



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