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The KJ Law Firm, with law offices in downtown Montgomery, offers divorce law-related services and legal counsel in city, community, and county locations throughout Alabama.

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Divorce in Alabama

The legal dissolution of a marriage is painful, even if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are separating amicably and consider your “divorce uncontested.”

It’s especially stressful when there are children involved or you have financial concerns over making ends meet, or both.

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Typically, one or more of the following issues must be addressed:

Divorce is Emotional

Even if you plan to settle out of court, divorce is a challenging process.

As you work through your possessions and deal with tough decisions affecting your children’s future, your divorce is going to be emotional.

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Divorce can also be an intimidating legal process.

“Divorce from Bonds of Matrimony”

The above title comes from the Alabama Code Title 30, Section 30-2-1, with additional sections named:

Grounds; jurisdiction for proceedings; divorce judgment awarded to both parties… Where complaint to be filed…  Residency requirement for plaintiff…

Marital and Domestic Relations Law Code of Alabama
We’ll help you through each step of the divorce process.

Choosing to Divorce is a Difficult Decision

No matter what the circumstances, divorcing a spouse is often one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever make.

With The KJ Law Firm, you’ll have a professional on your side who will help you through each step of the divorce process.

We also offer divorce mediation services if you’re in need of a neutral mediator to help you resolve your disputes out of court.

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Our Divorce Lawyer

Kristine Jones, our divorce attorney, experienced the difficult issues related to divorce first-hand through close family members.

As a family lawyer in good standing with The Alabama State Bar (ASB), she can advise you on what Alabama recognizes as shared and as separate property so you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can determine how to divide your assets.

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Kristine Jones, Attorney-at-Law

About Kristine

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Kristine practices divorce law throughout the state, including the following cities and nearby communities.

Area Served
Montgomery AL
Birmingham AL
Auburn AL
Prattville AL
Wetumpka AL
Troy AL
Filing for divorce

How to File for Divorce

Divorcing someone is more than just legally ending your recognized relationship with them – it’s ending years of emotional involvement.

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We handle the legal side of divorce so you can focus on yourself.

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In many cases, we see that our clients are doing more than just working out how to divide their assets. Often, they’re still working out their emotions. We know this is a hard time.

As an experienced divorce attorney, Kristine and her staff here at The KJ Law Firm will handle as much of the legal side of divorce as possible so you can focus on yourself.

Getting a divorce in Alabama typically requires a number of things and follows a similar path.

Residency Requirements

You and your spouse had to have lived in Alabama for at least six months before filing.

Contested vs. Uncontested

Contested Divorce

If either you or your spouse is contesting how the property is being split, you have a few options:

  • File your Complaint for Divorce in the county your spouse lives in.
  • File your divorce papers in the county the two of you lived in before you separated.
  • If your spouse has moved out of Alabama, you file in the county you live in.
No Contest

On the other hand, you and your spouse might decide to divorce on amicable terms.

This means you’re in agreement about how your marital assets will be divided, custody of any children, visitation rights, and other issues affecting your family.

You can file it in any Alabama county if you aren’t going to contest the divorce.

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Finalizing Your Divorce

There is a 30-day waiting period between filing for divorce and when your divorce can become finalized.

It can take longer than that if you and your spouse have a large number of assets to divide.

Grounds for divorce

What Are Grounds for Divorce?

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We’ll explain the difference between a Fault and No-fault divorce.

Reasons for Divorce Vary

Alabama recognizes twelve different statutory grounds for filing for divorce.

Two are considered no-fault and are the most common reasons for divorce. The other ten require finding fault, which means you will need to show that your spouse did something to cause the marriage to break down.

Kristine will talk to you about your marriage and the reason why you’re filing for divorce in order to determine which grounds to cite in your paperwork.

Divorce property settlement

How Will Property Be Divided?

If you decide to divorce, marital assets must be divided in accordance with Alabama law.

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We’ll explain the process for how property is divided in a divorce.

Divorce Property Settlements

Alabama follows the equitable distribution model.

Your assets and any liabilities (i.e., joint credit card debt) will be divided in a way that’s fair to both parties.

This doesn’t necessarily mean everything is split in half. This is where divorce lawyers really come into play.

Kristine will illustrate what you brought into the marriage and what work you put in so that you receive what you’re owed.

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Alabama divorce rate

Divorce Rate in Alabama

In Alabama, the good news is the rate of divorce has steadily declined over the past 16+ years.

Unfortunately, as of 2016 Alabama had the 10th highest divorce rate by state in the country. Source: National Center for Health Statistics

Statistic: Divorce rate in Alabama from 1990 to 2015 (per 1,000 inhabitants) | Statista
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Whether you live in Alabama or elsewhere, The KJ Law Firm sincerely hopes you and your family never suffer the negative impacts often associated with divorce. In the event a divorce is inevitable, we’re here to help.

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