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What is an uncontested divorce?

When you and your spouse agree that a divorce is your best option, you may not initially realize that there is more than one kind of divorce in California. One type available to you is an uncontested divorce.

An uncontested divorce is usually a simple process. According to FindLaw, this kind of divorce is recommended if you and your spouse have already decided how you will divide your property and who will have custody of the children. If you disagree about any of these issues, you typically are not eligible for an uncontested divorce. If you are eligible, though, you generally have less paperwork to file with a court.

An uncontested divorce is not ideal for every couple. You may need to file more paperwork for your custody arrangement if you have children. Additionally, establishing a spousal support and child custody arrangement can sometimes be complicated and you may not always be able to find a solution that pleases both you and your spouse.

If you and your spouse can find arrangements that are good for both of you, though, an uncontested divorce can have many benefits. This type of divorce is usually faster because there are fewer legal issues that need to be worked out. Because less information moves through the court system, more of your information can typically remain private, as the fine details of divorce proceedings usually are available to the public. An uncontested divorce also can be less expensive because you generally have lower attorney and court costs.

This information is intended to educate. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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