There are a few ways for an uncontested divorce to take place in California. In what's known as a "true default," one spouse files a petition for divorce, and the other simply does not file a response. In this case, the court is likely to grant everything requested in the petition, as the spouse who failed to respond has given up his or her right to participate in the divorce case.
Many people are uncomfortable with relinquishing control of their divorce to that extent, so there are other options for an uncontested California divorce. One party may still elect not to respond to the petition, but may create with their spouse a written and notarized settlement agreement about the terms of the divorce. Another option is for the respondent to file a response, but still work out an agreement with the petitioner. Settlement agreements typically include matters like child custody, visitation, and support, spousal support, division of property, and other issues important to the parties.
For many California couples, an uncontested divorce offers a less stressful and less expensive way to end their marriage than fighting in court. An uncontested divorce is typically also easier on the couple's children. At Shaffer & Associates, we offer support and guidance to parties considering uncontested divorce.
In an uncontested California divorce, it's critically important to make sure that you understand every word and term of a proposed settlement agreement before you sign it. We are experienced family law attorneys who make sure your settlement agreement encompasses every issue that is important to you and that you fully understand what you are consenting to. A settlement agreement is no less than the privately-created law of your divorce.
Even when you and your spouse are able to agree on the terms of your divorce, divorce can be a confusing and challenging time. At Shaffer & Associates, we help you to evaluate your needs and goals for the divorce and beyond. We provide you with the information you need in order to decide whether an uncontested divorce is the right choice for you, and if so, what level of involvement you want to have. Equally important, we offer the responsiveness and support you need to get through the process.
When we understand your overall situation, we can help to either craft a settlement agreement that will meet your family's needs, or review a proposed agreement to determine whether it's acceptable. With California divorce settlement agreements, details are vitally important. We are meticulous in our preparation and review of settlement agreements, because we know your future, and that of your family, depends on it.
We also understand that almost all divorce clients are concerned about the bottom line—how much their divorce will cost, and what the financial outcome of the divorce will be. Our experience with California law and divorce negotiations allows us to work efficiently while still protecting your interests. Our focus is on resolving your divorce as quickly and as favorably as possible.
Our extensive experience with uncontested California divorces helps us give you the best guidance as to your options and the likely outcomes of your choices, but control over the decisions in your divorce remain in your hands.
The San Diego attorneys of Shaffer & Associates represent clients in uncontested California divorces in San Diego County and the surrounding communities, including Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County. Contact Shaffer & Associates online or call (619) 595-3167 today to discuss how we may be of help in your case.