What is a Contested Divorce in California? What You Should Know.

When couples divorce, very often, they do not agree on the terms of their divorce. This is known as a contested divorce, and if you are currently going through a contested divorce, you most likely have several questions about the legal process ahead. Our firm has helped countless spouses through the process, and we are ready to do the same for you. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Los Angeles divorce attorneys to learn more about contested divorces and how we can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens in a contested divorce in California?

When a couple is in a contested divorce, their divorce will enter the litigation process. Unfortunately, divorce litigation is oftentimes very complicated, as both spouses will frequently relentlessly fight for what they believe is rightfully theirs. In litigation, however, the outcome of a divorce will ultimately be decided by a judge in a courtroom setting. This means that a judge will decide on the terms of your child custody agreement, your child support agreement, spousal support agreement, and more. The judge will also be in control of the division of assets. In a contested divorce, a judge will analyze all of your marital assets (in many cases, homes, cars, etc.). and from there, he or she will determine which spouse gets to keep certain assets via the equitable distribution process. As you can see, a lot is on the line during a contested divorce, which is why it is so critical that you retain the services of a knowledgeable California divorce attorney who can fight for each of the assets you are entitled to.

Are there options other than litigated divorce?

That being said, many spouses dislike the clear lack of control they have over the outcome of their divorce when entering the litigation process, which is why, oftentimes, spouses will instead choose mediation. Essentially, a divorce mediator is an unbiased third party appointed by both spouses who will work to facilitate a civil, productive conversation outside of a courtroom setting in an effort to reach a compromise that works for both spouses. In the end, mediation often turns contested divorces into uncontested divorces, and ultimately, helps save time, money, and aggravation. If you have any additional questions about the divorce process or you would like to get started, please do not hesitate to speak with us today.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm

Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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