Murrieta Divorce Lawyer
A divorce is considered "uncontested" if parties are able to resolve the case through a negotiated settlement as opposed to a verdict by a judge. They may be able to avoid court entirely by signing a Marital Settlement Agreement or Stipulation for Judgment, which would be incorporated into the judgment and submitted to the court. This is a way to handle a divorce more efficiently and cost-effectively, as long as both parties are willing to cooperate in mediation. Although it is often rare for both former spouses to agree on every matter of the divorce settlement, if they are able to compromise, both parties are often more comfortable with the arrangements that were made than they would be if a court had decided for them.
Although minor disputes may arise regarding the terms of the divorce agreement, in an uncontested divorce, both parties would have reached their own arrangement instead of relying upon a judge to make a ruling for them. An uncontested divorce will require the resolution of such matters as spousal support,
property distribution and
child custody and
support if any children are involved. Due to the sensitive nature of these issues, it is important to involve an attorney who has the experience and resources to properly handle your case.
Is an uncontested divorce right for me?
Although an uncontested divorce does not involve a trial before a judge, it is still a matter best approached with the help of a competent attorney. You need a legal professional on your side who not only understands the specific proceedings involved but who can actively protect your legal rights and financial interests in order to help you reach a settlement that is in your best interests. Also, it is important to be willing to compromise in mediation. If either party is unwilling to come to some sort of agreement amicably, the process will prove to be counteractive.
The only way to know whether or not an uncontested divorce is the right choice for you under current circumstances is to think about the end result realistically. If you and your spouse agree that you would like to handle the process quickly and efficiently, this is probably the most practical option for your divorce. Speaking to a Murrieta divorce attorney may also help you to understand what will be required of you during the legal process, so that you will be better equipped to make a decision.
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