What is an Uncontested Divorce? Here’s What You Should Know.

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Divorce is something that no couple ever imagines will happen to them at the time of their marriage, however, it’s also something that happens to roughly 50 percent of all spouses. The two types of divorce are contested divorce and uncontested divorce. Please continue reading and reach out to our seasoned Los Angeles divorce attorneys to learn more about uncontested divorce in California and why it’s always best to have legal representation in your corner. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is an uncontested divorce, by definition?

An uncontested divorce is when both spouses can agree on the terms of their divorce without having to enter litigation. Though uncontested divorces are attainable when both spouses are at least amicable with one another, the truth is, uncontested divorces aren’t quite as common as contested divorces.

What do my spouse and I need to agree upon for an uncontested divorce to be official?

The reason why uncontested divorces aren’t quite as common as contested divorces is that for an uncontested divorce to be finalized, both spouses must agree upon all terms of their divorce. This means that spouses must agree upon the following terms:

  • Alimony
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Property Distribution

Even when well-intentioned couples enter the divorce process thinking they’d be willing to compromise with their spouse and work out an agreement that suits them both and works towards their child’s best interests, once they have all this laid out in front of them, they sometimes realize civil compromise is impossible–or near impossible. Getting a divorce is stressful for everyone involved, even when couples are on speaking terms, and in every divorce, challenging questions must be answered. Is one parent willing to only see children on weekends or otherwise less than normal? Is one spouse prepared to give up his or her home? Do you agree on alimony terms? These are all critical questions that must be addressed in any divorce.

As you can see, uncontested divorces can very easily become contested, which is why it is always best to hire an experienced attorney from the start. Our firm has significant experience handling both uncontested and contested divorces, and we will look out for your family’s best interests no matter what comes our way. Give us a call today to tell us your story, goals, and how we can assist you.

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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