Contrary to popular belief, not every divorce involves a dramatic battle in court. In fact, many spouses are able to reach agreements on the important issues in their divorce without ever stepping foot in a courtroom.
When spouses have a complete agreement before they file, they can file for an uncontested divorce. This means neither spouse will need to file a response disagreeing with anything in the divorce petition. This is a more cost-efficient – and usually much quicker – way to legally end a marriage.
If you agree on everything and don’t need to go to court, do you need to hire a divorce attorney? It is always wise to consult with a legal professional, even for an uncontested divorce. There are different reasons why, including:
- Ensuring the agreement is in line with California law. If it is not, the court can reject it, which can result in delays and additional costs.
- Ensuring the agreement upholds your legal rights. Some spouses might convince you to agree to something that deprives you of your parental or financial rights under the law.
- Handling paperwork. You still need to fully and accurately complete your divorce petition and present it with supporting documentation to the proper family court to get a divorce.
- Peace of mind. When you are dividing your lives and starting over, the last thing you need is to worry about making a mistake during the divorce process. A lawyer can handle all of this for you.
If you have an upcoming divorce in the Sacramento area, whether contested or uncontested, you should speak with Judy Ford, Attorney at Law, about the type of legal assistance you need. Contact us to set up a consultation and discuss your situation today.