Family Law

Distinguishing Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce

In seeking a divorce, you may have heard the terms “uncontested” and “contested” divorce. There are many differences between these two types of divorce. We believe it is very important for parties seeking a divorce to be well-informed of their options, including understanding the pros and cons of each.

At the Law Offices, we can explain possible divorce options to you as well as cost-effective and affordable ones. We want you to be fully-aware of all your options and will help you determine what is the best option for your particular case. Every divorce is different, and we provide individualized and catered attention to each of our divorce clients.

Initial Consultations and Phone Calls Are Always Free

Call us or send us se. Our experienced Corona uncontested divorce lawyers are ready an e-mail to tell us about your particular divorce or legal separation cato listen, and we offer a free initial consultation.

Uncontested Divorce – Affordable – Cost-Effective – Efficient
In an uncontested divorce, parties decide what they want on all relevant divorce issues, including:

  • Property division/asset division
  • Child support
  • Spousal support/alimony
  • Child custody and visitation

By agreeing to negotiate and cooperate, parties are able to save both time and money through a low-fixed fee. Instead of a judge, the parties come to an agreement using an attorney through a mediation process. In addition to reducing anxiety, parties become very knowledgeable as to their rights and the laws through several meetings with their attorney. An experienced attorney can facilitate an uncontested divorce fairly quickly, usually within two to six months. Another benefit of uncontested divorce is that it often lessens the impact on any children involved. Our attorneys provide exceptional collaborative divorce services and can discuss how this would work for you.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is more traditionally known. Parties use a third-party judge to make decisions on all divorce issues. There is very little room for parties to help create their own divorce order and it is essentially all up to the judge. Contested divorce cases are usually longer and can sometimes take years to get through the court system to reach a judgment. Oftentimes there is more anxiety during a contested divorce process since parties are not as sure as to the final outcome. Both parties incur more expenses in legal fees. However, if litigation is what turns out to be your divorce option, our attorneys are aggressive and effective in the courtroom.

Contact Our Riverside Contested Divorce Attorneys
We handle both uncontested divorce and contested divorce for people in Riverside County, as well as the surrounding parts of California.

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Get a Fresh Financial Start: California Bankruptcy Filings

We handle all types of legal issues that affect families in California, including bankruptcy. If you require bankruptcy representation, the Law Offices, can help. We know that dealing with financial problems is difficult and can cause extreme anxiety for you and your family. Consider Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy is one of the most effective ways to eliminate debt, protect assets and achieve a fresh financial start.

Since 1994, the Law Offices of John Joseph Buckey, Jr. and Associates, has helped individuals, families and businesses put an end to their financial problems and get debt relief. To discuss your bankruptcy options in a free initial consultation, contact us today. Whether you require business bankruptcy or have divorce and bankruptcy issues, our Corona bankruptcy lawyers are ready to help you.

You can also visit our firm’s bankruptcy site.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy can provide the debt relief you need. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, all unsecured debts such as credit card debt, medical bills and personal loans are discharged. Sometimes referred to as “liquidation” or “straight” bankruptcy, you must qualify for Chapter 7 under a bankruptcy means test in order to file. This test is largely based on your monthly income.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows a debtor to reorganize debt into a three- to five-year repayment plan. Chapter 13 is usually for those debtors who do not qualify for Chapter 7 but have enough income that allows them to benefit from a repayment plan.

Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are also extremely beneficial in that they can:

  • Stop creditor harassment
  • Stop foreclosure
  • Stop judgments, liens and garnishments
  • Stop repossession

We can discuss whether bankruptcy is the right option for you. In addition to bankruptcy, we offer a comprehensive approach to financial problems, and can help you with non-bankruptcy options such as negotiations and loan modifications.

Estate Planning

Are You Ready to Plan for the Future?

Essentially, estate planning is planning for the future. It is planning to see that your hard-earned assets are properly passed on to the next generation when you are no longer able to enjoy them.

In Riverside County, as well as the surrounding parts of California, people turn to the Law Offices for help with estate planning. Our attorneys are committed to providing customized plans that make sense for you and your family.

We Keep Fees Reasonable

Our team believes in providing effective estate planning representation at reasonable fees. Our team keeps fees reasonable, partly because we do not add phone calls between you and us to your bill. From your initial consultation on, all calls are free.

The Tools of Estate Planning

Our lawyers take pride in providing personalized service. We believe it’s important because it allows us to truly get to know your needs. Only after learning about you and your needs can we determine what tools to incorporate into your estate plan.

Among the commonly used tools are:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Directives
  • Living Wills

We take great care in reviewing all of your options with you. We will demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses that come with each choice. We will inform you about estate planning. We will do what is right for you.

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