Divorce and separations make up a large portion for the family law practice at The Law Offices of Teague and McBay. In Mobile, AL divorces can be broken down into four different categories:
Uncontested divorces are the simplest, least contentious, and most cost-effective means by which to dissolve a marriage. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree that pursuing a divorce is necessary and they both agree on the major issues that arise during a divorce. Uncontested divorces can often be handled by one attorney and can be helpful in limiting the financial impact of the actual divorce process.
For couples who would be more comfortable with individual representation but who would also like to avoid making their divorce a contentious process, collaborative divorce may be a good solution. In a collaborative divorce, each spouse selects his or her own attorney and the former couple and their respective attorneys work together to effectively dissolve the marriage, divide assets and arrange for the care of any children. If the collaborative process does not work, the parties will then hire new Mobile family law attorneys to pursue a contested divorce.
Mediated divorces are similar to collaborative divorces in that the parties are working to resolve the issues raised by their divorce with the help of their own attorneys but the negotiations are facilitated by a trained professional, a mediator. The mediator is a neutral party who works with the former spouses to resolve their issues but does not make a decision about the outcome of the divorce. Your family law attorney can help you understand the mediation process and can also make recommendations about a mediator who might be a good fit for your situation.
In some situations, it just isn’t possible to work with your former spouse to resolve your divorce case. If tempers flare and finding common ground is difficult, the court will step into the divorce process to resolve it for you. In contested divorces you must follow a formal process for sharing information, negotiating potential settlements and attending hearings. If the case isn’t resolved in the process, the judges will hear your case at a trial and issue a final judgment of divorce, resolving all disputed issues.
Alabama now recognizes same-sex marriages. As a result, those couples who married in another state and now find themselves needing an Alabama divorce now enjoy, not only the right to marry, but the right to divorce. I can shepherd you through the process of same-sex divorce in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama.