Not all divorces have to turn into drawn-out battles in court. In fact, divorcing couples can save a considerable amount of time, money, and stress by collaborating together towards an uncontested separation out of court. If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, our firm’s knowledgeable attorneys can guide you and your spouse towards a smooth, collaborative separation and provide the compassionate support you need during this time.
Why Pursue an Uncontested Divorce?
Spouses can experience numerous benefits by pursuing an uncontested separation. By coming together and working out all aspects of a couple’s divorce, couples can greatly reduce the emotional turmoil of their separation and complete their divorce in just a few months – a vast difference from the potentially years-long process of a traditional contested separation. As uncontested divorces all but eliminate the need for courtroom involvement, this method can save couples from the immense financial burden of legal fees and court costs. Most importantly, couples who share children can use this as a means of staying civil and keep the door open to the possibility of a harmonious relationship further down the line.
Divorce and child custody disputes are already complicated and emotionally charged legal matters. When you and your child’s financial well-being are also involved, you need to work with an experienced child support lawyer who can help you protect you and your child’s rights—no matter how complex your case may be. At Hedtke Law Firm, we know how to guide families to successful resolutions through mediation and litigation alike.
Whether you are embroiled in a child support dispute that involves issues of paternity or of divorce, you can rely on our legal team. Protecting your child’s short- and long-term interests is paramount, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the final court order preserves their right to financial support. We can help you request, enforce, and modify child support payments.
Determining Child Support Payments
According to California Child Support Guidelines, the amount of child support will primarily be calculated by factoring in:
- The number of children requiring support
- Each parent’s incomes
- Any child support payments being made to children from another relationship
- Costs of a child’s health care, day care, travel expenses, etc.
Mediation provides many great advantages and benefits for couples able to reach agreements on some of the most important aspects of a divorce, including:
Less Expensive Solutions: A traditional divorce typically involves multiple attorneys, months of negotiations, and costly court fees.
Confidential Proceedings: When choosing mediation, no public record is made regarding your sessions with a mediator.
Control of the Process: As opposed to having to deal with the court system, couples are more flexible and in control of the entire process.
Mutually Beneficial Resolutions: Compromise between both parties can often be reached without having strict guidelines imposed by the court system.
Improved Communication: Through good communication, couples can often resolve issues quicker and also avoid future conflict when their divorce is facilitated by a professional mediator.
Even though mediation offers a great solution for many couples, it may not be the right option for everyone. Clients who have suffered domestic violence in their marriage or couples who are unable to reach common agreements or are unwilling to compromise on some of the major issues may find that a traditional divorce is more appropriate for their needs.