Grounds For Divorce in Alabama

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Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Alabama must declare grounds upon which a divorce in Alabama is to be granted. The state of Alabama breaks grounds for divorce into two categories: no-fault and fault based. No-fault grounds for divorce in the state of Alabama include incompatibility between spouses, irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, and voluntary abandonment for a period of at least one year. Fault based grounds for divorce in the state of Alabama include adultery, habitual drunkenness or drug use, imprisonment, incapacitation, insanity for a period of vie continuous years, and domestic abuse. These grounds for divorce must then be demonstrated by supporting evidence.

Different Divorce Requirements Between Counties in Alabama

Based on the county in which an individual lives, there are different divorce requirements. Birmingham's Shelby County and Jefferson County Domestic Relations Court have very specific document requirements for uncontested divorces. If certain requirements are not met, it is very likely that the court will dismiss an individual's case which means that an individual will have to refile a case.  As a result of these various rules, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney.

The Role Of Contested And Uncontested Divorces in Alabama

While not a requirement, individuals who are going through a divorce that wish to include other attached issues like property ownership, child custody, and child support should raise these issues in the initial divorce complaint. Sometimes individuals are able to resolve these additional issues without the involvement of a court of law. When individuals are able to resolve all issues without a court of law, the state of Alabama calls this type of divorce an uncontested divorce. The state of Alabama also recognizes contested divorces in which the state is called upon to resolve issues like child support property ownership, child custody, and child support.

The Requirement For Financial Disclosures In The State of Alabama

Based on the county in the state of Alabama where one files for divorce, an individual might be required to make certain financial disclosures in connection with a divorce. Individuals in Alabama who are involved in a divorce can expect to be requested to submit the following documents in order to obtain a financial statement: assets, bank statements, credit card statements, debts, income, and tax returns.

How A Skilled Birmingham Family Law Attorney Can Help


For individuals in the state of Alabama that are debating initiating a divorce, it can be particularly valuable to retain the services of an experienced Birmingham divorce attorney at Eversole Law LLC who can make sure that all mandatory requirements are met and that the case resolves in the best potential way.

We serve the following localities:

Birmingham, Jefferson County including Bessemer, Homewood, Hoover, Irondale, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills, Shelby County (including Pelham, Alabaster, Chelsea, Calera), Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Huntsville, Calhoun County including Anniston, Etowah County including Boaz and Gadsden, Cullman County including Arab and Cullman, Madison County including Huntsville and Madison, Montgomery County including Montgomery, and all of Alabama.

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