Is there really such a thing as a “fast divorce”?
Divorce is almost always a complicated and frustrating affair for all involved. This is due, in no small part, to the amount of time it sometimes takes to finalize the process. Is it possible to attain a “fast divorce” in the state of Alabama? Let’s take a look at the law and what factors impact the length of the divorce process!
How long does a divorce typically take?
When it comes to uncontested divorces in Alabama, the court system will impose a 30-day holding period. Beyond that holding period, there are a number of factors that significantly impact the length of time that a divorce takes to finalize. These include:
- Missing information necessary to complete paperwork.
- Failing to obtain signatures of the parties involved in a timely manner.
- Failing to obtain signatures in all places where required, or failing to obtain a notarization in the correct place.
- Inability to agree on terms of the divorce.
- Failing to pay court costs.
- Ailing to respond to any requests for information sent via your attorney.
- Involving multiple lawyers.
- One party makes the decision to contest the divorce.
As you can see, there are a wide array of reasons why divorces often take a long time to complete.
How can I ensure a fast divorce?
Fast divorces are rather uncommon, especially given all of the factors above that can lengthen the amount of time they take. If you and your partner are both in agreement about the terms of the divorce and are both committed to making the process as smooth as possible, however, then it is possible to attain a relatively quick divorce. Make sure that both you and your partner are responsive to the attorney handling your case, provide all requested information and pay all fees as quickly as possible, and stick to the terms initially agreed upon.
Beyond the above, the best way to ensure a quick divorce is to hire an experienced and skilled attorney. The professionals at Riley Law Firm can help! Contact us today at 205.212.5577 for more information.