At the Law Offices of Cathleen Norton, we understand the private, emotional nature of the dissolution of a marriage or partnership. We are proud to offer sound legal counsel to families enduring this difficult time in their lives and will work diligently to help you work through the various issues inherent in the divorce process.
Divorce is never easy for a family to endure – however working with a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney through the process is one of the best ways to alleviate the anxiety that often comes with conflict. Please contact us right away if you are ready to begin the process or were recently served with a petition for divorce or dissolution by your spouse or domestic partner.
Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney Discusses the Issues Involved in a Divorce
Under California law, a marriage and domestic partnership are to be treated equally in all regards – including dissolution. Therefore, when families make the difficult decision to separate and end the union, there are a number of factors to be considered. When meeting with your Los Angeles divorce lawyer, you will review your wishes relating to any of the following:
- Division of marital property under California’s community property laws, including debts and business interests
- Child custody and visitation (parenting time)
- Child support
- Spousal support (i.e., alimony)
- Consideration of any premarital agreements
As you can imagine, these issues can become hotly contested rather quickly – which provides even further incentive to work closely with a divorce attorney in order to properly work out all the details.
Understanding Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce Proceedings
A divorce proceeding begins when one party files a petition for divorce requesting certain terms and conditions relating to the above-listed issues. If the other party does not object to any of the terms or is willing to settle all matters without court intervention, this is known as an uncontested divorce. The divorce settlement becomes an enforceable part of the final decree and the parties need not submit any issues to the judge for consideration.
In the event the parties are unable to agree on all or some of the issues of the divorce, it will be considered contested. In this situation, parties are encouraged to try and work out their differences before a mediator. If that does not work, the parties must attend a hearing on the issues and submit the conflict to the court for resolution.