Alabama Divorce Law
Divorce Laws in Alabama
Alabama divorce laws have maintained traditional fault based grounds for
a divorce. Grounds can include, but are not limited to, adultery, voluntary
abandonment, physical abuse as well as a showing of an irretrievable breakdown
of the marriage. Additionally, the spouse filing for a divorce in AL must
have resided in Alabama for a continuous 6 months prior.
Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Alabama
Alabama is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce
laws in Alabama this means that the marital property must be divided fairly
or equitably and with regard to marital fault. Separate property, or property
owned prior to the marriage, shall be retained by the owning spouse.
Divorce laws in Iowa provide for temporary or permanent alimony. Alimony
can be awarded to either the husband or wife based on the courts determination
of what is just between the spouses. Such factors as the length of the marriage
and the prior standard of living shall be considered in determining the
amount and duration to be paid. Alimony will terminate upon an open cohabitation
with someone other than your spouse.
Alabama Child Support, Child Custody and Child Visitation
The main focus in determining child custody, according to Alabama divorce
law, is the best interest of the children. However, under AL divorce laws,
joint custody will usually be awarded if it is presumed to be in the best
interest of the children. Visitation rights are typically awarded to the
non custodial parent.
Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parents’ income
paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Income
Shares model, based on the gross income of both parents as set forth by
divorce law in Alabama. Expect to pay child support until the age of 18,
or until the child is a high school graduate. However, the court can extend
the support obligations to cover a child’s college education.