Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage

We know that a divorce is never easy.  However, we will do everything in our power to make it a bearable process for you. 

Uncontested Divorce – An uncontested divorce generally consists of one spouse retaining an attorney to file for divorce.  Once a petition is filed, the attorney will work with the client to draw up a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) by which the rights and responsibilities of each spouse are outlined.  Other considerations for the MSA includes: child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support/alimony, assets and debts division, etc.  After the MSA is completed, both spouses will sign the MSA and the attorney will prepare a judgment packet for the court to sign.  In California, the law requires a waiting period of 6 months and 1 day after the responding party is served with the summons and petition for the divorce to be finalized.  This type of divorce is the most efficient and cost-effective route if both parties are on the same page and are willing to work on the divorce together.  Generally speaking, a couple may never have to see the inside of a courtroom if the divorce is uncontested.

Contested DivorceA contested divorce consumes more time and money than an uncontested divorce.  A contested divorce arises when spouses disagree with some or all terms of the divorce.  The party who files the petition is referred to as the petitioner and the responding party is referred to as the respondent.  During a contested divorce considerations are made for: child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support/alimony, assets and debts division, etc.  Contested divorces involve discovery, courtroom appearances, and generally take longer than an uncontested divorce.