Even uncontested divorces can be tricky to finalize when you are not an experienced divorce lawyer. In California, if you and your spouse have agreed on all issues (child custody, child support, spousal support, property & debt division and lawyer fees), you can proceed by a process called ‘default’ which allows you to finalize your divorce without the other party filing all of the mandatory forms and without (usually) having to appear in court.
At the end of the process, assuming you have a full agreement, you and your spouse may work together to write a legal agreement up and incorporate it into a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. [Unfortunately,] judgments for Dissolution of Marriage can be tricky to get approved by the court in your County. Sign up for a free membership to hear our advice on finalizing the divorce that won’t quit.