Divorce Residency Essentials to Get Divorce in Alabama
To file for divorce in Alabama you must meet one of the following requirements, but not all requirements must be met.
- If both parties reside in Alabama residency requirements are met.
- If the defendant resides in Alabama, then the requirement is met.
- If the defendant does not live in Alabama but the filing spouse lives in Alabama, then filing spouse must have been a resident of the state for a period of at least six months.
Reasons for Divorce in Alabama
The most common ground for divorce in the state of Alabama is an incompatibility in an irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.
- The other grounds allowed within the state do require proof or additional testimony. These grounds include:
- Whether either party was physically or mentally incapacitated and unable to enter into the marriage state
- Voluntary abandonment from bed and board for one year
- Imprisonment in a penitentiary for two years
- Commission of a crime against nature, mankind or beast
- Becoming addicted to habitual drunkenness or use of opium morphine cocaine or other like drug
- Incompatibility of temperament
- Confinement to a mental hospital for a period of five successful years
There may be other reasons that are acceptable in the state of Alabama as well. More information about grounds for divorce are found when you file your divorce without a lawyer through OnlineDivorceSolutions.com.
Custody of the Children in Alabama
The court awards joint or sole custody in accordance with what would be in the best interest of a child or children. Joint legal custody gives both parents the right to contribute to decision-making processes involving a child’s development and well-being. This does not mean that both parents have 50-50 time with the children. Joint physical custody may exist and can be arranged where parents have shared time with the children.
Alabama Child Support Guidelines
Alabama’s standard child support guidelines apply in virtually every contested and uncontested divorce case barring special circumstances. Both parents' gross income, as well as other child-related expenses, are taken into consideration when calculating child support obligations. Child Support continues until the child reaches age 19 and may extend through the completion of secondary education.
The filing fees charged by the state of Alabama are in addition to the cost for using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. For more information about the actual and up-to-date cost for filing the divorce papers in the state of Alabama, contact your local courthouse directly.