By Chris Kramer
An alternative to divorce that doesn't legally terminate the couple's marital status is legal separation . Before filing for divorce, a couple may choose to try legal separation as a way for the couple to experience how divorce would feel.
During legal separation, the couple can negotiate workable terms that may be used in the divorce process later on. If the couple decides to reconcile, the terms can be dissolved and the couple will not need to deal with the rest of the Alabama divorce process.
The Alabama divorce court can grant legal separation if it has jurisdiction and finds the marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning there is complete incompatibility between the spouses or one of the spouses wants to live separately. In legal separation, the divorce court will determine Alabama child custody.
The terms of legal separation can only be modified or dissolved if the divorce court approves a written agreement between the couple.
Considering divorce, but not sure that you want a permanent separation from your spouse? A local Alabama divorce lawyer can explain how legal separation can work for you and review your case. Connect today by filling out an Alabama divorce case review form or calling 877-349-1310.
Get advice about how to define terms of your separation with your spouse and how state divorce laws may affect you and your interests.
The above synopsis of Alabama divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Alabama divorce lawyer in your area.
Alabama divorce laws were last updated May 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.