Alabama laws governing venue for divorce cases allow two parties who are reasonably cooperative to file their divorce in any county they wish, and the same principle holds true for a joint petition to modify a divorce decree. There’s no requirement that either party be a resident of the county where they file. I file all my uncontested divorces in Tallageda County, for three main reasons:
First, filing all documents in one county is simpler for me, because I keep up with the preferences of one judge and the requirements of one clerk rather than many. If there is an issue with a case, I know that there are only two people involved, and it’s usually easy to figure out what I need to do to help resolve it. Filing all documents in one county helps me keep costs down, and as you probably know by now, I am all about keeping costs low so I can keep my prices low.
Second, Talladega County moves more quickly than some other counties. In most cases an uncontested divorce I file in Talladega County will be effective within about six weeks of the filing date. A divorce I file in other counties might take significantly longer.
Third, I e-file all the documents in Talladega County. This saves me the time of traveling to and from the courthouse. Again, this allows me to keep my prices low.
Because this page talks about my legal practice, I need to say this: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.