Effective Guidance Through A Contested Or Uncontested Divorce

Often considered to be one of the biggest family law matters to resolve, divorce can be either contentious and heavily litigated or amicable and quickly resolved. Whatever the case for you and your partner or spouse, it's important to understand your rights and how to protect your best interests while navigating this potentially lengthy process. Without help from a legal representative, you could find yourself making costly mistakes you may not be able to correct later on.

For years, the skilled and experienced lawyers at the Merrell Law Firm, LLC, have been providing high-quality family law services to individuals and families throughout Shelby, Jefferson, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa counties and surrounding communities in Alabama. We understand the unique and oftentimes emotional issues divorce presents, which is why we don't just offer our clients sound legal advice throughout the process, we also provide support and guidance that addresses our clients' emotional needs as well.

Advocates And Advisers In Contested And Uncontested Divorce

Divorce can be either uncontested or contested. An uncontested divorce — as the name suggests — means you and your spouse agree on getting a divorce as well as the terms of the divorce. In an uncontested divorce, you do not agree on one or more issues, including:

  • The need to divorce
  • Marital asset division
  • Division of marital debts
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony/spousal support)
  • Child custody
  • Child support

At the Merrell Law Firm, LLC, our family law attorneys are highly detail-oriented and listen carefully to the needs and goals of our clients to ensure that they are resolving their divorce efficiently and effectively. Whether we are handling a contested or uncontested divorce, we will make sure your best interests are protected from beginning to end.

We are more than your advisers and advocates; we are your guides and support through a difficult time in your life.

Know Your Family Law Advocates

Attorney and former judge Julie A. Palmer brings 26 years of family law experience to our high-caliber family law team. Her extensive understanding of the law and court procedures are just some of the benefits she offers our family law clients.

Attorney April Bauder is another integral part of the family law team at the Merrell Law Firm, LLC. She brings five years of experience to our firm, including a successful pro bono portfolio that has earned her recognition from the Alabama Supreme Court several times.

Attorney Edward A. Merrell is a skilled civil litigator with a track record of success in the courtroom. His experience, prowess and compassion lend well to our family law clients, who may require his services to help resolve matters in a positive way.

We Offer Mediation Services

While resolving divorce issues in court is always an option in Alabama, our attorneys understand how important it is to many couples to maintain control of the choices made in their divorce. To help facilitate this need, we provide mediation services that focus on resolving matters and disputes outside of the courtroom, which can cut down on costs and ensure control stays where it belongs: in your hands, not those of a judge.

During mediation proceedings, we can represent you as an individual, making sure your best interests are protected as you and your spouse or partner work toward an amicable divorce settlement, or we can act as a neutral mediator, facilitating talks that may eventually lead to a positive resolution.

Resolve Your Divorce In The Best Way Possible

Whether you agree or disagree on any of the points of your divorce, know that the lawyers at the Merrell Law Firm, LLC, are here and capable of helping you resolve any legal matters related to your divorce as well as come to a reasonable and fair divorce settlement.

If you wish to speak with our legal team, contact our Hoover office to schedule a consultation. Call 205-874-9697 or send us an email to get started. While we do offer free 30-minute consultations, certain circumstances may result in a consultation fee. Additionally, judge Palmer may charge a $100 consultation fee for her services in family law cases. Please contact us for more details.