GET COMPASSIONATE, EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION WHEN DEALING WITH TOUGH SITUATIONS
A divorce or child custody proceeding can be an incredibly taxing process; emotionally, financially and mentally. It is not something that you should face alone. You need an attorney with the expertise to obtain the best resolution possible; an attorney that will provide individualized attention and who will truly care about the outcome of your case. Candice J. Shockley, Esq. is that attorney. She has over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of divorce and family law matters and works closely with her clients to insure that they receive the best representation possible.
SOME THINGS TO KNOW REGARDING ALABAMA DIVORCE LAW
Some of the most common questions regarding divorces are easily answered.
Do I have to appear in court to obtain a divorce? No, Alabama allows parties to agree on the terms to be included in the divorce agreement. This is called an uncontested divorce and the divorce documents can be submitted to the court.
What happens if we cannot reach an agreement? One party must file a Petition for Divorce with the court. That Petition must be served on the other party by a sheriff or special process server. Once the other party receives the Petition, they must file an answer within 30 days, or a default can be taken against them.
How long does it take to get divorced? If the divorce is uncontested, it must be filed with the clerk’s office for thirty days before the judge can sign a final decree. If the divorce is contested, there is no way to predict how long it will take. It depends on many factors, including the court’s docket.
Other questions are more complex.
If my spouse and I cannot agree on custody of our children, how will the court decide who will be the primary custodian?
Will I receive or have to pay alimony?
Is my spouse entitled to part of my retirement account?
Questions of this nature cannot be answered without additional information. Candice J. Shockley will take the time to gather all of the necessary facts and provide accurate answers to these and many other questions you may have. She will insure that you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your case, and in the event of a trial, she has thirty years of courtroom experience.