There are many things that people fear when it comes to a divorce, including
the possibility that they may be subjected to a long, strenuous, and expensive
courtroom battle. For many people, the fear of this obstacle could be
what keeps them living in an unhappy marriage when their quality of life
could improve dramatically if they were to separate. If this sounds like
you and your family situation, then our Westlake Village divorce attorney
has some good news: you may be able to obtain a divorce without ever needing
to set foot inside a courtroom, thanks to what is known as uncontested divorce.
What is Uncontested Divorce?
When most people think of a divorce, they think of a legal process in which
they both go to court along with their lawyers, present their arguments,
and a judge ultimately gives a ruling for everything from property division
to child custody to spousal support. This is known as a “contested
divorce, and is what a divorce
can look like. However, getting a judge involved rarely means both parties
and any children involved get the agreement that best fits their situation,
and usually leads to a lot of unhappy endings.
An uncontested divorce takes an entirely different approach to the divorce
process in order to come to a conclusion that is custom-tailored to your
family and sets you up for the best future going forward. In an uncontested
divorce, both parties agree to meet and work out the terms of their divorce
on their own, without the courts getting involved. Once these terms are
created, they are presented to a judge, who will sign off on the agreement
and make it legally enforceable so long as it is fair and mutually beneficial
for all parties involved, including the children.
Is Uncontested Divorce Right for Me?
In a best-case scenario, the marriage ends in a way that leaves both the
entire family (including children) set up to have the best possible future.
However, this solution only works when both spouses can come to a fair
all terms of their marriage without the court’s intervening. If both
parties can’t come to an agreement on even a single term, then they
have no choice but to file a contested divorce, which will lead to a courtroom visit.
Filing for uncontested divorce requires both spouses to want to come to
fair and mutually-beneficial terms of dissolution, and they must be able
to put aside their differences and genuinely work together in order to
reach this goal. If you and your spouse can’t so much as look at
each other without starting an argument, then this is definitely not the
right choice for you: you’ll be wasting a lot of time and money
trying to make this work, and a judge will inevitably need to get involved anyway.
Uncontested divorce isn’t necessarily the easy way out from a marriage,
either. You will still be required to wait the state-mandated minimum
of six months to finalize your divorce, even if you find a perfect solution
within the first week or two. Also, even without court visits, uncontested
divorce can also be stressful and contentious, requiring numerous negotiation
or mediation sessions in order to plan out your separate futures, particularly
if children are involved. However, for those who can work their way through
this process together, the results often leave both parties happier and
better prepared for the future than any court-decided marriage ever could.
If you would like more information regarding uncontested divorce, or valuable
assistance creating your agreement, my skilled team and I can help! My name is
Jeffrey S. Graff, and I can offer you more than 30 years of experience helping people like
you find the ideal solution to their family law issues. I have helped
numerous clients through every step of the divorce process, including
uncontested divorces. My insight into these matters is helpful to each
of my clients, no matter how simple or complex their divorce may be, and
my dedication to excellence has earned me a reputation as one of the premiere
representatives in the area.
Get help with your case now! Call my firm by dialing 805-633-4999 to request a