At the Law Office of James P. White, we are often asked about options for divorce. The truth is, not all divorce options are equal, especially under different circumstances. For this blog post, we’ll be looking at the two primary types of divorce in California: contested and uncontested divorces.
Contested vs Uncontested Divorce: Explaining the Differences
A contested divorce is the typical scenario that people picture when they think of “divorce.” These are the proceedings that are initiated when a couple is unable to agree on any issue involving child custody, asset division, or even the divorce itself. In a contested divorce, each party retains their own counsel, both sides push towards their own goals, and the courts ultimately have the final say on any finalized arrangements. As you might expect, this option is costly and time-consuming, and you’re not guaranteed to end up with the results that you were aiming for.
An uncontested divorce offers much more flexibility and lets you know exactly what to expect from any concluding arrangements. This is an ideal option for separating spouses who are able to sit down and discuss the potential terms of divorce amicably. Do note that you must see eye-to-eye on everything, not just on whether to move forward with a divorce or not.
In an ideal world, everyone would opt for an uncontested divorce due to its ease, cost effectiveness, and likelihood of promoting better relations among all involved parties, including children. However, if you and your ex disagree on even a single issue, an uncontested divorce might not work for you at all. Be sure that you’re both able to get on the same page before you choose to pursue this route in California.
Reach out to our Seasoned Divorce Attorneys
This is a very brief rundown of how contested and uncontested divorce works in California. As always, we recommend that you seek out guided, tailored advice before moving forward with your divorce, or with any matter involving family law in California.
Fortunately, we at the Law Office of James P. White are here to help! Call us today to learn more about what we do, and to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled divorce attorney in CA.