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Do you need a reason for your divorce in Alabama?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2021 | Family Law

You want to get a divorce, but there’s a catch: You don’t really have a solid reason. You simply feel like you and your spouse have drifted apart over time. You’re no longer in love. They didn’t cheat on you or do anything else to force the end of the marriage, but you’re still not happy in that marriage and you want to end it.

Do you need a reason for a divorce? Do you have to go to court and plead your case, asking for the divorce to be granted?

Using the no-fault divorce laws

There was a time when people typically needed to have a reason for a divorce, such as adultery, and you can still use these grounds if you would like. However, Alabama also has no-fault divorce laws, as most states do.

To use these laws, all you have to do is say that your marriage has reached an irretrievable breakdown. You do not have to reveal the cause of that breakdown. It doesn’t matter if your spouse disagrees and thinks that the marriage can be fixed. If you want to get a divorce, you will be able to get one. The court is not going to deny it.

There are also ways to seek a divorce if you have been separated for two years. This also falls under the umbrella term of “no-fault divorce.”

How should you get started?

If you do want to end your marriage and you’re not sure how to begin the process, take the time to carefully look into the legal steps you’ll need to take. It’s wise to have experienced legal guidance.