Same-Sex Divorce in Alabama

Since June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has become legal in Alabama. But not every county started following this rule immediately.

Alabama joined the ranks of thirty-six other states to allow same-sex marriage, amid much confusion and a hot debate. Even though Alabama is just now allowing the marriages of same-sex couples, there are some same-sex couples residing in Alabama who have been married for years under the laws of other states.

It is no secret that marriage is hard and all couples have ups and downs; same-sex couples, like heterosexual couples, can’t escape the hardships that a partnership brings and some will inevitably end in dissolution. While same-sex marriages are a new thing for Alabamians, so too will be same-sex divorce. This is an area of law that has been challenged in the past with a same-sex couple being denied a divorce in Madison County in 2014. However, the laws will inevitably have to keep up with the change in the definition of marriage and redefine who will be allowed a divorce as well.

While this area of law is still being defined, there are same-sex couples who need a remedy to ending their marriage in Alabama.

Let Our Gay Divorce Lawyers Help You

We are here to help answer your legal questions in this gray area of law and want to be your advocate in this new journey for Alabama residents. You will still need to meet the jurisdictional requirements that all couples seeking a divorce must meet, but we are here to answer these questions for you. We have always been a practice helping same-sex couples in all areas of family law and will continue to research and follow the newest aspects of family law. If we can help you on this journey, we would be happy to answer any legal questions you may have regarding your rights and legal remedies of family law for same sex couples. Find us at or call 256-551-0500 to set up an appointment today. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have about Alabama gay marriage and divorce laws.


A respected Huntsville family law attorney with more than 20 years’ experience, Leigh Daniel is known for her positive attitude and her skills in the courtroom. She prides herself in the care and compassion that she and her team put into every case. Her goal is to instill a sense of confidence in her clients so they know success is on the horizon. As an author, inspirational speaker, coach, and founder of Project Positive Change, Leigh stays focused on the positive impact she can make on every client’s case.