Spouse will not sign divorce papers?

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Spouse will not sign divorce papers?

My spouse is on drugs and will not seek treatment. I
want a divorce and spouse will not sign divorce
papers, what can I do?

Asked on April 13, 2019 under Family Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You don't need your spouse to agree to a divorce (sign the papers): if you did, no one could ever get divorced if their spouse did not want to. You can bring a divorce lawsuit or case against your spouse and have the court order the divorce regardless of what he or she wants. You can divorce for a number of possibly relevant reasons in AL: an "irretrievable breakdown" in the marriage; incompatibility; or habitual intoxication, for example. You have the right to a divorce, but will have to file a lawsuit to get it. You can do this on your own ("pro se") but are strongly advised to retain an attorney to help you.


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