Divorce is a difficult and emotionally challenging process, and many people start the process by looking for ways by which they can make the process simpler and more peaceful. If you want to do this, you may consider the benefits of resolving your divorce out of court. Divorce doesn’t always have to be contentious and result in a high-stakes courtroom battle.
Many California couples are able to do this by filing for an uncontested divorce. This means that when you file, there are no remaining disputes you and the other party need to resolve. This is not an option in every situation, but it could be a reasonable way by which you and your spouse can end your marriage peacefully and move forward to a strong post-divorce future.
Who can file for an uncontested divorce?
Not everyone is eligible for an uncontested divorce. This is an option for couples who have no remaining disputes to resolve. For example, if you think this may be an option for your situation, you and your spouse must be in agreement about all divorce-related issues, including the following:
- Child custody and visitation schedules
- Property division and spousal support
- Child support and division of all marital accounts
- Parental authority and parenting plans
Often, couples have already talked about these topics before they divorce, leaving no reason to mediate or go to court over them. Filing for an uncontested divorce is often faster, cheaper and much less complicated than a contested divorce. Any uncontested divorce agreement is still subject to the approval of the court.
If you and your spouse still have issues to work through when you file, that does not mean that it is impossible for you to avoid court. There are different types of dispute resolution methods that can help you discuss and resolve these matters outside of court and without the need for litigation.
Fighting for your best future
When you decide to end your marriage, your future is on the line, whether you are filing for an uncontested divorce or contested divorce. No matter your individual situation, it is in your interests to fight diligently for your future and ensure that the terms you agree to are fair and reasonable.
There are many benefits to working with an experienced family law attorney at every step of the divorce process. From learning about your legal options to negotiating terms that will work for your long-term interests, you will find it helpful to have experienced guidance by your side.