Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce refers to a situation in which both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. In contrast, in a contested divorce, the spouses are unable to reach an agreement on one or more issue. In either case, our attorneys can represent your interests in court and protect you from any foreseeable disputes. If you have questions about contested vs. uncontested divorce, please schedule a consultation at our Manhattan Beach, CA, practice today.
What is at Stake?
When planning a divorce, the assets and child custody ultimately allotted to both parties are brought into question. Court hearings and trials are sometimes needed when spouses cannot agree, and it is critical to enlist the help of an attorney who can protect your interests during this time. Our attorneys can help file a divorce petition that includes the names of each spouse as well as any children that resulted from the relationship. It may also include provisions regarding separate and communal property, child custody, and alimony.
Our attorneys can review the petition and all paperwork associated with the divorce process to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
Once both parties sign the petition, and until the divorce is finalized, each is prohibited from taking the children out of state unless both spouses consent. Neither can sell or borrow against any property or make any changes to insurance plans during this time. Both parties must disclose all information regarding their income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. They must then agree on the division of property and assets, as well as child custody and child or spousal support. Once the court enters a judgment, the divorce is finalized.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Uncontested divorces typically cost much less than a contested divorce. When both parties can come to an agreement regarding the division of assets and child custody, they can avoid court hearings and the process goes more quickly. The judge only has to ensure both parties understand the agreement before approving it and finalizing the divorce.
In a contested divorce, there may be one or more items upon which the spouses cannot agree. Some of the major disagreements spouses have during the divorce process include:
If both parties cannot reach an agreement, a court hearing or trial may be necessary.
Why You Need an Attorney
Although an uncontested divorce may seem relatively simple and straightforward, you should still consult with a divorce attorney. Our attorneys can review the petition and all paperwork associated with the divorce process to ensure your rights and interests are protected. Each of our attorneys is board certified and has represented clients in many kinds of divorce proceedings. We will work hard to ensure a smooth process in an uncontested divorce, or to fight for your rights in a contested divorce.
Speak with One of Our Divorce Attorneys
Navigating a divorce can be incredibly complex and challenging, especially without the help of an attorney. If you are facing a divorce, contact Rombro & Associates online or call (310) 545-1900.
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