When is it best to settle your Birmingham, AL divorce rather than go to court?
In most cases, property division, custody arrangements, visitation, and other issues involved with the dissolution of a marriage are matters best resolved in private between the parties to the marriage.
If the parties can agree on the terms of their separation, the divorce can be finalized in as little as 30 days. If the parties can not come to an agreement, the matter will have to be resolved by a judge, which can often take over a year.
In order to have a judge make a decision, the parties will have to go through the discovery process which can include depositions, the production and subpoena of documents such as bank statements and telephone records, and written interrogatories. All of these processes require spending funds on attorney fees, services of process, copying, and could include expert witness fees.
Resorting to a decision made by a judge can create a huge waste of time and money. No matter how long the trial is and how much testimony is submitted, a judge will only ever know a limited amount of information.
For that reason I urge all of my clients and anyone else considering a divorce to try and reach an agreement on the issues of property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. Once all decisions have been made, the parties may separate via an uncontested divorce which will result in thousands of dollars saved in attorney fees, save hundreds of hours spent on litigation, and, hopefully, leave the parties in a more amicable position to continue co-parenting their children.
A. B. Dunning is offers affordable Birmingham, AL divorce attorney fees for both contested and uncontested divorces. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your Birmingham, AL divorce.