Divorce 101. A series of occasional blogs about divorcing in California.
Part 1. The advantages of an uncontested divorce
Today we start a series of occasional blogs about divorcing in California. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over several matters that you may encounter while divorcing in California; we begin the series by talking about one of the first things to consider before filing for uncontested divorce in California.
You’ll be surprised by how many of our customers in the Woodland Hills location of The Document People/We the People, start the process of divorcing with everything agreed upon from the get go. While not all divorces are truly uncontested, any possible disputes can be resolved outside the court. That’s what we mean by an uncontested divorce – one where the spouses can reach a decision regarding the major terms of the divorce without hiring attorneys and going to trial. It goes without saying, uncontested divorces get approved by the judge more quickly and are way less expensive than contested divorces.
We always encourage couples to “sit down and talk”. The alternative is putting the final decisions regarding your uncontested divorce in the hands of the court. You might think that you are within your rights in making certain requests, only to find out that the judge thinks otherwise; giving up some of your requests might be better than leaving it to the court to make decisions like child custody, spousal support, splitting of retirements, etc.
And when all fails, there are ways of finding a compromise through a mediator without going to court, or hiring attorneys. Not many people know this, but the court, included with the hefty filing fee it charges to open a divorce case, allows the access to a mediator for certain decisions involving minor children.
There is also a positive “karma” effect in agreeing with your soon to be ex. Uncontested divorces typically reduce hostility, allowing both parties to resume their lives more quickly, without raking up huge bills from attorneys. That’s especially important when minor children are involved, and tensions and drama can be spared.
The Document People is a network of legal document assistants with a common purpose: helping customers with uncontested divorces. We are looking forward to offering you divorce assistance in our offices in Woodland Hills, now part of We the People, Santa Monica, now part of We the People, San Fernando, Torrance, Anaheim and Oceanside.
The information contained in this blog – including information of a legal nature – is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.