Is Settling Outside Of Court Right For You?
There is a common misconception that divorce has to be a messy process. In the news, we hear about celebrities who spend years fighting over money and property, never moving forward to a better place. Fortunately, divorce does not have to be that way.
In fact, many divorces are not handled in court — and there are many advantages to settling outside of court. At The Kalanta Law Office, in Modesto, California, we can guide you through the process in a way that is focused on achieving your goals without all of the contention.
The Benefits Of An Uncontested Divorce
When you and your spouse are able to settle your divorce outside of court, it means you were able to come to an agreement on every aspect of your divorce. There are processes that can help you get to that place if you are not there right now — and there are numerous benefits to doing so:
- It keeps costs down: Taking your divorce to court comes with additional court costs and fees. Avoiding litigation can make your divorce substantially less expensive.
- It saves time: In most cases, an uncontested divorce is settled much faster than a contested divorce. When you have to go through the court system, you have to work on their schedule, which can mean delays in hearings. When you avoid court, you work on your time.
- It is less disruptive: Having to work through the court system not only means a longer process, it also means you will have to be in court at times that might be inconvenient. This could mean having to miss work or other commitments that can cause additional stress in your life. Settling outside of court allows you to avoid these headaches.
- You decide the outcome: In a contested divorce, the court makes the final ruling about the terms of your divorce. When your divorce is uncontested, you and your ex set the terms. While it may take some compromise, it can lead to better outcomes because you and your ex know your situation better than a judge. You can do what is best for you.
If you decide to reach a settlement out of court, we will make sure you have the information you need to make the best decisions for you. Our priority is always to resolve your divorce in a way that achieves your goals.
If you are dealing with a military family law matter, it is important to know that your lawyer understands how your or your spouse’s service impacts your divorce. Attorney Michael J. Kalanta is a U.S. Navy veteran. He will ensure your divorce is handled with care, even if it is uncontested.