The Uncontested Divorce Process in California
Though “uncontested divorce” may sound passive, it’s intensive work on a tight timeline. With the help of an experienced uncontested divorce lawyer, you can save a great deal of money and heartache. When a petitioner files for divorce, the clock starts ticking on a 60-day period before the respondent spouse must file an answer. However, instead of the petitioner sitting back and waiting, or the respondent preparing an answer, the two can work together with their attorneys to negotiate a settlement of all the necessary issues. When the time comes for the respondent’s answer, the couple presents a signed agreement for the court’s approval. Any issues that are still unresolved at that point become subject of a contested divorce.
Cost-Effective, Lasting Results in Santa Clara County and Alameda County Divorces
Several paths lead to an uncontested divorce. In traditional negotiation, each spouse is represented by an attorney who argues for their respective positions in an adversarial setting. Many couples choose mediation. Their own attorneys prep them, but a neutral mediator guides them toward a mutually beneficial agreement. Couples who still have a high level of trust sometimes choose collaborative divorce, where a single attorney acts as a legal advisor and mediator for both parties. These alternatives are not for everyone, but when they work, couples save a great deal of time and expense. Our Morgan Hill, Fremont, and San Jose family attorneys also provide mediation services to couples in the Morgan Hill and Fremont areas.