The Alabama legislature is considering a bill that would result in some major changes for people getting divorced in the state. First, Alabama Senate Bill 208, which was introduced this month, would reverse the currently policy that requires judges to wait a full 30 days after a divorce complaint is filed to grant the divorce.
The new law would allow the court to grant a divorce within 30 days of the filing of the complaint, making it possible to obtain a divorce in much less time.
Under current law, a divorce cannot be granted if there are still issues to the divorce pending, such as property division, child custody or alimony. However, the new bill would reverse this policy as well, allowing for a divorce to be granted even when there are still issues pending.
Essentially, it would be up to the parties to revisit the pending issues at a later date.
The new bill would also allow the court to grant a divorce without a hearing, meaning that a couple could obtain a divorce without having to go to court. Finally, the new bill would change the required waiting period after a divorce to remarry a different spouse to 30 days instead of 60 days of the judgment.
The proposed bill has seen very little coverage in the media so far, but as you can see, it could result in major changes to Alabama’s divorce laws, so it is well worth paying attention to.
Ultimately, the new bill would make easier to obtain a “quick” divorce in Alabama, especially for people who want to reserve certain issues of their case for a later date.
As with any legal issue, it’s important to work with an attorney who stays current on the changing laws in order to best represent your interests. You are invited to learn more about obtaining an contested divorce in Alabama on our website, or by scheduling a free consultation with us.