In California, a divorce can be either contested or uncontested. Having an uncontested, or no contest, divorce means fewer hoops to jump through to get a divorce. You may still need a lawyer’s assistance, however, in compromising and working out a satisfactory settlement agreement with your ex-spouse. Hiring a lawyer for a Sacramento no contest divorce case could make for the smoothest, simplest divorce process possible. Contact Boyd Law Firm for a free consultation about how we could help your case.
Why Choose Our Sacramento Divorce Lawyers?
- Our attorneys at law have been committed to serving individuals and families throughout California for years.
- Our law firm assigns the right attorney from our team to each case based on the unique needs of the client. We know how to achieve the best possible case resolutions.
- Our divorce lawyers in Sacramento have a reputation for forming long-term relationships with their clients.
What Is a No Contest Divorce?
A no contest divorce means the recipient of the divorce petition does not disagree with any of the petitioner’s proposed terms. In other words, he or she is not contesting the divorce or responding with counter terms. You could achieve a no contest divorce by either responding to a divorce petition with a full agreement to your spouse’s proposed terms or by not responding at all. In California, a couple will automatically receive a no contest or default divorce if the recipient fails to respond within 30 days of being served the petition. The opposite of a no contest divorce is a contested divorce. This is the more oppositional type of divorce case. In a contested divorce, the spouse receiving the petition responds by saying he or she disagrees with one or more terms of the agreement. This will launch the case into a series of negotiations between the couple and/or their attorneys. Depending on how the case proceeds, the couple will either achieve a settlement agreement or have to go to court.
Do I Have to Go to Court for a No Contest Divorce?
No, you do not have to go to court for a no contest divorce. This is a mutual divorce process in which you and your spouse have come to an agreement about the terms of your divorce. In most cases, a judge will sign off on your notarized agreement without you needing to attend an official trial. A judge’s signature will finalize your divorce and turn its terms – child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and property division – into court orders. Even if the recipient does not agree with the proposed terms of a split, you and your spouse could still achieve a divorce settlement without going to the California Courts, if you work together on a settlement. You can complete the divorce or legal separation without a trial in Sacramento County if you and your spouse can negotiate and agree on the terms of the divorce and do not have contested issues. This may take help from an attorney, as well as alternate dispute resolution processes such as mediation or arbitration.
When to Hire a Divorce Attorney
You can decrease your chances of going to court during a divorce case by hiring an attorney. If you have a default divorce that your ex-spouse has chosen not to participate in, you may not need a lawyer’s assistance. The judge should sign off on your divorce terms after confirming that you made a reasonable effort to contact your ex. If the no contest divorce involves negotiations between you and your spouse, however, a lawyer can help facilitate smoother and more productive conversations. It could also be wise to hire an attorney if your no contest divorce case involves complicated elements, such as high-value assets or joint child custody.
Contact Us Today for a Free No Contest Divorce Consultation
At Boyd Law Firm, our Sacramento divorce attorneys have years of experience with both contested and uncontested divorce cases. If you think you might need a lawyer’s assistance while getting divorced in California, contact us for a free initial consultation. Our divorce attorneys offer the legal advice needed to help resolve your family law case.