Many couples are unable to reach an agreement when it comes to the terms of their divorce and that is when having an experienced, aggressive attorney such as those at The Sellers Law Firm is key. The first step in moving forward with a divorce proceeding is meeting with an attorney. At The Sellers Law Firm, your first consultation is always free of charge, with no cost or obligation. This is an opportunity for you to sit down with one of our attorneys and get answers to your questions, while also getting counsel on how to proceed. There is a questionnaire that we ask all individuals who are contemplating divorce to complete. The completed questionnaire should be brought in for your initial consultation and will serve as a road map of the issues to be addressed in your divorce proceedings. Once you have met with your attorney and decided to move forward with your divorce case, a Complaint for Divorce is filed with the appropriate court. The Complaint will set out your requests for different forms of relief and will work to protect your rights to property, custody, visitation and support. Once the Complaint is filed, the other party must be properly served.
Once served, an Answer or response must be filed by the other party. At this stage of the proceeding, your case may be set for a hearing, there may be settlement negotiations to try and reach an agreement, or you may begin the discovery process. The discovery process is a process which allows each party to request information, documents and even conduct depositions, all in an effort to gather information related to the parties income, children, debt, marital history, etc. The discovery process can be lengthy and may last a few weeks, or several months. Because of this, Alabama provides the parties with an opportunity to appear before the court for a temporary hearing, so that there can be an order put into place outlining such things as temporary custody, visitation, and temporary support. The order of the court as a result of the temporary hearing will remain in effect until a final hearing or trial can take place. It is important that you stay in contact with your attorney throughout the various stages of litigation. The final hearing will resolve all issues and will be when the court makes a final determination as to what each party is entitled to.
If you or a loved one is facing divorce, facing a change of child custody, or seeking to modify the amount of child support paid or received, The Sellers Law Firm can help. Our attorneys and staff strive to treat every client with respect and dignity during this difficult and stressful time. We work tirelessly to achieve a successful outcome for our clients. If you find yourself dealing with a situation involving those you care about the most, call us! We can help you through this process. We will fight for your rights and make sure your voice does not go unheard. At The Sellers Law Firm, your concerns are our concerns. Call today for an initial consultation, which is free of charge, with no cost or obligation. Let us fight for what matters most to you. Call today.