5 Valid Reasons for Divorce in Alabama

5 Valid Reasons for Divorce in Alabama

A wedding is a special day. The couple is surrounded by loved ones and celebrating their union in a state of bliss. At that moment, it seems like their marriage will last forever. Sadly, the reality doesn’t always pan out the way everyone hopes. Many marriages fail for a variety of reasons and end up in legal separation or divorce. According to Alabama Code, a divorce may be granted for twelve causes, including the following five:

1) Adultery

Picture of a married couple signing divorce papers.

If one partner has an affair, the other partner can be granted a separation or divorce. While some couples work through this situation, many people can’t move past their spouse cheating on them. You aren’t required to feel obligated to “move on” if your spouse is unfaithful; adultery is a very serious issue and you have the right to a divorce.

2) Abandonment

If a partner leaves the other for a year, the other can file for divorce. It’s important to note that the filing spouse must be able to prove their partner has abandoned them for an entire year prior to the filing.

3) Addiction

Sometimes a spouse develops addictive habits after getting married. This includes habitual drunkenness or use of hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, and others. Some situations can be resolved through treatment, but for the people whose partner refuses to quit substance abuse, a divorce is an option.

4) Unknown or Uncommunicated Pregnancy

If a wife concealed her pregnancy or keeps it a secret from her husband at the time of marriage, the husband has a right to a divorce.

5) Prison Time

If a spouse is found guilty of a crime with a prison sentence of seven years or more, the other spouse may file for divorce after their partner has served two years of prison time.

These are only a few of the causes for divorce in Alabama. If you need more information or you’re considering divorce, it’s best to speak with an experienced attorney, like Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney at Law, PC. Mr. Chambers is a respected attorney in the Alabama legal community who takes pride in successfully negotiating favorable settlements for his clients because he never wants his clients to spend a dime more than necessary. Mr. Chambers is also prepared to fight for you in the courtroom. He prepares every case as if it will head to trial because he wants to be ready to make the best possible arguments on your behalf at the negotiating table and in court.

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