Many people facing divorce fear both the stress of the process and the expense. While it is well known that divorce can be complicated and expensive, it does not have to be. If you and your spouse are able to agree on the resolution of all issues in your divorce (like child custody, property division, etc.), you may qualify for a California uncontested divorce.
One big advantage of an uncontested divorce is that it requires much less attorney involvement than a typical litigated divorce, and therefore much lower legal fees. In order to get the best outcome in an uncontested divorce, however, you should have an attorney’s assistance. A divorce, even an uncontested one, determines your legal rights and responsibilities as you end your marriage. An experienced California family law attorney will make sure that you fully understand everything you are committing to, and ensure that your divorce agreement is in order so you do not experience unnecessary delay or expense.
Roberts & Zatlin Family Law offers you the benefit of decades of experience in California family law to help your divorce proceed smoothly and end well.
In most divorce cases, an attorney cannot tell you at the outset what your legal fees will be, because it is hard to predict what level of legal assistance you will need. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on how certain issues can be resolved, the process can drag out, perhaps with multiple court appearances.
If you can reach resolution and come to a settlement agreement, you may not need to appear in court. That enables us to quote you a flat fee for your divorce, giving you certainty in your uncontested divorce expenses and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have experienced legal help on your side.
If you have children, having an uncontested divorce can make the process easier on them, too. Working out a parenting schedule that works best for your unique family puts the decision-making power in the hands of people who know your family’s needs best: you and your spouse. An uncontested process also spares your children the bickering and tension that sometimes come with a contested divorce.
As in other California divorces, you must have been a California resident for at least six months to file. Once you have filed, you must serve copies of the divorce paperwork on your spouse. It will take at least six months for your divorce to be final, though it may take longer than that. This waiting period is to make sure you are certain about the decisions you are making.
You and your spouse will need to exchange information about your property, debts, and income. You can then prepare a marital settlement agreement that sets forth the terms of your divorce. This is one aspect of your uncontested divorce in which an attorney’s help is really useful to make sure there is nothing you have overlooked. The settlement agreement is a private agreement between you and your spouse. To make it enforceable in court, it needs to be submitted with a Judgment, which you will submit to the judge in your case for signature. When he or she signs it, it becomes a court order that finalizes and governs your divorce.
Attorney Kim Roberts concentrates her legal practice in California family law, including uncontested divorce. She has over 30 years of legal experience. She has helped numerous clients resolve the issues in their divorce, reach agreement, and finalize the dissolution of their marriage in a cost-effective manner.
Roberts & Zatlin, located in Murrieta, serves clients in Temecula, Menifee, Hemet, Sun City, Wildomar, Winchester, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, Vista, San Diego, and throughout the Inland Valley. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your divorce or legal separation needs. We look forward to working with you.