What if the parties are agreeable to the terms of the divorce?
Many times, parties accept the reality of the end of their marriage and prefer to end it on agreeable terms. This is generally described as an uncontested dissolution.
Some of the benefits of an uncontested divorce is that they are generally less costly, and the parties may not ever have to walk into a courtroom. Most important, such agreements provide the parties the greatest control over the outcome of their divorce.
Moreover, a once contested dissolution may become an uncontested once agreements are reached. In fact, most dissolutions ultimately resolve in an uncontested form rather than by trial. Once an agreement is reached, the terms are prepared, signed, and submitted to the court. As long as the parties are fully advised regarding the terms and ramifications of those terms, California Courts grant the parties a wide latitude as to the substance of those terms.