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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

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Are you considering filing for divorce in California? With every divorce case there are several different factors that need to be resolved, but there are different ways to go about doing it. In every divorce, you will need to address four main issues including:

There are two ways to handle a divorce; you can either file for a contested or uncontested dissolution of marriage. If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement regarding the issues above, then you will be able to file for an uncontested divorce. While every divorce case has it disputes and no case is 100% uncontested, there are some cases where they matters can be resolved outside of court with minimal court involvement. Looking for an attorney for your divorce case in Palm Desert, CA? Find out the difference between the contested divorce process and the uncontested divorce process, by speaking with a Palm Desert divorce attorney from the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack.

Learn whether or not uncontested divorce is right for you! Contact my firm today to schedule a consultation and learn about the difference between contested and uncontested divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

Need an attorney for an uncontested divorce case in Palm Desert? Divorce cases that are uncontested are not without disagreements, but they are able to be resolved without going to trial. If you and your spouse are having troubles compromising and reaching an amicable divorce settlement, then you may consider going to mediation before taking your case to trial. With uncontested divorce cases, the process moves a bit quicker because you don't have to wait for your court date- it is also not as expensive as a contested divorce because you don't have to pay for attorney litigation in court.

It is always wise to try and resolve property division, custody and support issues outside of court if you can. Filing for uncontested divorce could save you both time and money. If you are able to write up your own divorce agreement, then you can simply submit it to the court for approval, rather than having a judge decide the terms on your behalf. If you are looking to have the divorce go by as quickly as possible so that you are able to move on with your life, then an uncontested divorce can help you avoid a lengthy trial.

Contested Divorce

When the two parties are not able to come to agreement regarding the four major issues listed above and mediation is not successful, then filing for a contested divorce may be your only option. Contested divorce cases are filed when you have high financial stakes, complicated family issues and you are not able to reach an agreement on your own. With these types of divorce cases, you will need a skilled litigation divorce lawyer to protect your best interests in court. At the end of a contested divorce, after hearing both sides, the judge will be the one to decide on the issues of property division, debt division, child custody and support.

Looking for a lawyer for your contested divorce case in Palm Desert? If you and your spouse agree on how to divide up the property, you are able to come up with a shared custody agreement and you can agree on matters of support, then you can eliminate court involvement. As you may know, uncontested divorces are less complicated and courts prefer to avoid trial if at all possible. If you and your spouse are not able to reach an agreement, your experienced divorce attorneys could suggest possible resolutions. If both sides are able to reach a compromise, then the process will go by much smoother.

Serving Families in Riverside County for Over Five Decades

Searching for a lawyer for your divorce case in Riverside County? Here at the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack, I have over 50 years of experience. I am intimately familiar with the divorce and family court system and I can help you work to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact my office to speak with a Palm Desert divorce lawyer today to find out if you should file a contested or uncontested divorce case. Call now at (760) 585-9065.