John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:
The judge decides all issues that you and your spouse are unable to agree upon. Before the trial starts, the judge will typically want to see all of your agreed upon issues in writing and signed by both parties or read into the record. The judge will then hear testimony and make decisions for any unresolved issues.
John Gilligan is a founding partner at the family law firm offices of Brandmeyer Gilligan Dockstader & Davidson, LLP in Long Beach, CA. John has over 30 years of experience handling family law, probate litigation, and estate planning matters. He can be reached directly at 562-431-2000.