In Alabama, one spouse can file for a divorce without the other spouse knowing. Consent for divorce is not required but the other spouse must be notified. The courts require that the other spouse be served with papers if at all possible prior to a divorce settlement being provided. If the spouse alleges that they do not know where the other spouse is and cannot locate their spouse despite a diligent effort, then the divorce can be served by publication or first class mail to a previously known address.
Multiple marriages in Alabama are not legal. An individual can legally be in only one marriage to one other person. In order to remarry, the requirements for proof of freedom to marry, such as presenting copies of previous divorce decrees, may differ from county to county. Contact the probate office in the county where you plan to remarry.
If you were married but want to see if your spouse has filed for or was granted a divorce and you lived in Alabama, contact the circuit clerk’s office of the county were the divorce would be filed. If you and your spouse lived in another state at the time of separation, contact the circuit court in that state.