Birmingham divorce attorneys know that many people are struggling financially, and a Birmingham divorce is not inexpensive.
Unfortunately, the price of a Birmingham divorce is expected to go up even higher, as the state is seeking varied sources of revenue to keep the court system afloat.
What's important to stress here is that despite the increased divorce filing costs in Alabama, you really can't skimp on a Birmingham divorce lawyer. Here's why:
First, your personal finances and property are at stake. You could end up losing so much more than what you might otherwise if you have an unskilled divorce attorney spearheading your case.
Secondly, if you have children, your Birmingham divorce attorney is going to be responsible for helping you negotiate a custody and visitation agreement that is going to work for both parties. This is one area of your life where you really aren't going to want to leave it to an amateur.
Thirdly, when mistakes are made by an inexperienced lawyer, they can be difficult to reverse. So if you end up getting a raw deal, it's going to cost you a lot more just for the opportunity to go back and re-argue whatever aspect you're not happy about. It's better to do it right the first time and be done with it.
It is important to keep in mind that you're likely both going to need to set aside some money for your divorce. Likely, this is a decision you will have mulled for some time. It's wise if you are simply beginning to think about starting the divorce process that you start squirreling some money away. That way, it's there if you need it, but no harm done if you change your mind.
According to The Huntsville Times, the senate is slated to vote on a bill that would increase state coffers by an estimated $36 million a year. The total budget for the state's court system is roughly $138 million.
The alternative, officials say, is mass layoffs within the court system, which would in turn result in a bottleneck of civil cases.
Generally, civil case filings will increase by $45, while fees for criminal cases will spike by $40.
Here are some examples of what the new divorce filing fees would look like:
- Madison County divorce filing fee will increase from $299 to $344.
- Jefferson County divorce filing fee will increase from $164 to $209.
- Morgan County divorce filing fee will increase from $178 to $223.
- Mobile County divorce filing fee will increase from $163 to $208.
- Montgomery County divorce filing fee will increase from $149 to $194.
The state House has already passed the measure, and the Senate will decide soon whether to approve it.
If the bill fails, then both the House and Senate will have to work together to hammer out a way to somehow find about $30 million to $40 million to keep the courts running.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Birmingham, contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.