La Mesa, California

In certain instances, both spouses agree on all issues related to the dissolution of their marriage. If certain qualifications are met, such divorces are considered "uncontested." In the state of California, uncontested divorces typically mean that you and your spouse have come to an agreement about how to handle property, money, and parenting issues. What this can mean is that neither party needs to file a response to court filings. In such situations the spouse does not file a response and the Petitioning spouse receives a "default judgment". In most instances, parties in an uncontested divorce do not need to have the court hear their case. It should be noted that most divorces become "contested" when spouses disagree on one or more issues related to child custody, property or finances.

If at some point in their dissolution, spouses find that they are not in agreement, they can switch from Contested Divorce to Uncontested Divorce. In California, a divorce becomes "contested" when spouses disagree on one or more issues related to property, finances or child custody. If a divorce becomes contested, the disagreeing party will need to file a Response to your Petition specifically stating what they disagree on. In this instance, parties will need to schedule a hearing or trial date so the Judge can resolve the disagreement.

It is important to note that until the court officially ends your marriage or grants a legal separation, you may be financially responsible for your spouse. What this means is that support may be granted for this period and you may be responsible for payment of credit cards and other loans. Additionally, until your marriage is officially dissolved by the court, you cannot remarry.

Individual circumstances and facts vary from case to case. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. Any and all questions about divorce, support or family law should be directed to a qualified and experienced family law attorney.

About La Mesa, California:

The south San Diego community of La Mesa was founded in 1869 and incorporated in 1912. Meaning "the plateau" in Spanish, La Mesa is part of the historical Mission San Diego de Alcala which was used by Spanish Missionaries. Offering property prices lower than most other areas of San Diego, La Mesa is a popular area for first time home buyers. La Mesa is also home to the Back to the 50's Car show and its own special Octoberfest celebrations. San Diegans also seek out this community for its close proximity to both downtown and the Mexican border.

Residents of La Mesa with family law needs can use the Family Court on 1555 Sixth Avenue and the Madge Bradley on 1409 Fourth Avenue. For further information on services offered and hours of operation, contact these courthouses directly.

About Doppelt & Forney, APLC:

Family law issues can be complicated and difficult for all parties involved. We know this is a difficult time in your life and we understand the importance of having an attorney that understands your unique situation. With this in mind, we provide a comprehensive and confidential consultation for your to meet with an attorney and discuss how you can achieve your legal goals. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all facets of family law. To schedule this meeting, call our office at 858-312-8500 or set this appointment up online. We are open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Our offices are located just a short drive from La Mesa off the I-15 freeway. Visible from the freeway, the Clock Tower Office Complex can be found on Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo. Signs are visible from the freeway. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your legal matter today.

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