Why You Should Never Handle Your Divorce on Your Own in Alabama

For reasons of your own, you need to divorce your spouse. You need not feel shame for that. Some people are just not right for each other. But you have a number of intricate matters to decide. If you are debating whether or not you can do it all yourself, please read on, then contact an experienced Pensacola divorce lawyer to learn why you should never handle your divorce on your own in Alabama.

Can you handle your divorce by yourself in Alabama?

Legally speaking, you do not require a lawyer to get a divorce in Alabama. However, if you have questions about your case, or you and your spouse do not agree on the divorce, then you need to talk to a lawyer. Additionally, you may be putting yourself at a severe disadvantage. After the judge signs your order, you must wait for a total of 90 days from the date you filed the petition or from the date you served the petition before a judge is able to sign your divorce papers. And even then, your divorce may drag beyond the 90 days. This process will probably take a lot out of you if you do not prepare.

How can a divorce lawyer help you?

Reaching out to a skilled Pensacola family law attorney to discuss your next steps can make a major difference in the following areas:

  • Property division
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Custody and parenting time
  • Child support

If you decide to ignore your spouse’s petition to get divorced, your spouse can ask his or her divorce attorney to request that the court enter a default judgment. What this means is that he or she can have the court pass the petition after a certain period.

Why should you hire a divorce lawyer in Alabama?

By hiring a divorce attorney, you know that you have someone fighting for your rights. An attorney will help you make sure that your rights, like your right to timesharing, child support and alimony, are protected during the course of your divorce. Having a trusted attorney guide you and develop your case allows you to reach workable timesharing, fair asset distribution and other agreements faster and with less stress. And if the divorce becomes contested, knowing you have an accomplished trial attorney prepared to go bat for you is a great advantage. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.


For decades, the Law Office of James M. Burns has helped countless people through a wide array of legal issues, including those involving criminal law, family law, personal injury law, and will & probate law. If require the assistance of a competent legal team that can effectively guide you through each phase of your legal matter, you’ve come to the right place. Contact the Law Office of James M. Burns today to schedule your initial consultation.