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What is a Contested Divorce?

Understanding California Divorce Laws

If you’ve filed a petition for divorce and your spouse disagrees with any element of the divorce, including the divorce itself, your case is considered contested. While it can be a frustrating situation, it’s not uncommon. Here are some steps you can take to move towards resolving the issues.

Hire a Lawyer

While there are many do-it-yourself divorce kits you can find online, it’s critical to have legal representation whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. Not knowing how the laws work when it comes to divorce can put you at a severe disadvantage. From child support and visitation to alimony and assets, you may find yourself wrapped in red tape that may be hard to get out of. Some of the most common mistakes in a DIY divorce are:

  • Not filling out the proper paperwork and forms.
  • Not understanding how child support is calculated.
  • Assuming that marital assets are split 50/50.
  • Not creating a parenting plan for child custody.

Hiring a lawyer can save you a lot of time and trouble when navigating through divorce laws.

Try Divorce Mediation

While your ex-spouse may not agree to some of the terms you present in your divorce, they may agree to mediation. Many couples have found mediation to be an effective way to resolve many types of disputes. Divorce mediation also means you can resolve your issues without going to court. The benefits of mediation include:

  • Greater control over a resolution to conflicts.
  • Confidentiality (anything said in mediation is confidential to only the parties involved).
  • Less expensive than settling divorce matters in court.
  • Quicker process.
  • Preserve relationships (mediation focuses on divorcing spouses having effective communication).

Considering Divorce? Dan McCandless Law Is Here For You.

Making the decision to end your marriage isn’t an easy one — and when your spouse is not agreeable to some of the terms or doesn’t want a divorce at all, it can make it that much harder to go through. When you need help and support, our team of caring lawyers will answer your questions and ease your fears. We are committed to defending your rights while keeping your best interests in mind.

Contact Dan McCandless Law today at (858) 266-9171 to request a free consultation.