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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

In California, particularly in San Diego County where The Law Office of Brian Burkett is based, divorce can take one of two primary forms: uncontested or contested. An uncontested divorce is when both parties agree on the major issues such as asset division, child custody, and spousal support, resulting in a more streamlined and often less stressful process. This option can save both parties considerable time and money while keeping potentially strenuous court battles to a minimum.

Contrarily, a contested divorce occurs when the parties cannot agree on one or many issues. This necessitates a thorough investigation and a court trial. This is where issues are litigated and decided by a judge. The process can be lengthy, costly, and emotionally draining. However, it is essential when there are significant disagreements that can’t be solved amicably.

However, it’s crucial to note that every situation is unique and requires careful consideration. With an uncontested divorce, there’s a chance of overlooking key details that may affect one’s future, such as retirement benefits or hidden assets. On the other hand, a contested divorce most often leads to strained relations. This is especially common if children are involved. It requires the parties to air their private disagreements in a public court, which isn’t a desirable situation for many. Attorney Burkett is ready to guide you through whichever path best suits your circumstances, all while upholding your rights and advocating for your interests. Attorney Burkett’s ultimate aim is to steer you towards the most conducive outcome, given your specific, individual situation.

Seek Help in Protecting Your Rights and Interests

Dealing with the complexities of divorce can feel overwhelming, particularly in heated situations. Operating in San Diego County, Attorney Burkett understands these intricacies. He provides a steady hand of guidance to navigate you through the process. Whether your case leans towards an uncontested or contested divorce, he committed to protecting and advocating for your interests. With an uncontested divorce, he will thoroughly go over critical details to help secure your future. If a contested divorce is unavoidable, Attorney Burkett stands ready to fight for your rights in court. The goal is to steer you towards the best outcome for your specific and unique circumstances, promoting a resolution to your situation that considers the present and the future alike. Schedule a free consultation and let’s take this journey together, one well-informed step at a time.


The Law Office of Brian Burkett is conveniently and centrally located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, right off of the 163 and 8 freeways. Easy access and plenty of free parking. Convenient hours. Our office handles Family Law, Divorce, and Child Custody cases at all of the San Diego County Courthouses: Downtown, Vista, El Cajon, and Chula Vista.

San Diego, CA Office
591 Camino De La Reina

San Diego, CA 92108

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I know and have worked with Brian on a professional level for some time now. I can honestly say that he really cares about his clients. He is a genuine and honest...


Brian helped me in a child support case and also to attain guardianship of my grandson. In both cases, he was honest, persistent, and handled everything in a caring and...


I couldn’t have been happier with the service and price of Mr. Burkett. I would recommend him in a heartbeat.


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