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What are the Advantages of an Uncontested Divorce?

Posted By Cairns Law Offices || 23-Feb-2015

For most people, filing for divorce can be stressful and emotionally draining to say the least. However, in Pennsylvania, you do have the option of obtaining an uncontested divorce, which is a streamlined divorce process that offers many benefits.

Under Pennsylvania's divorce laws, spouses have the option of an uncontested divorce, otherwise known as a "mutual consent divorce." With this type of divorce, instead of a full-blown court battle, the spouses are agreeing on all of their divorce-related issues. This type of divorce makes the process much simpler, shorter, and cost-effective.

Mutual Consent Divorce

Rather than waiting the standard two or more years, with a mutual consent divorce, you can get divorced in as little as three or four months.

To get this type of divorce, you and your spouse must agree to the divorce, and you must both sign papers stating that you are in such agreement.

Benefits of a mutual consent divorce, include:

  • Your divorce is finalized faster.
  • It is cheaper than a contested divorce.
  • It is less stressful.
  • Your spouse is more likely to adhere to the terms of the divorce.
  • It is easier on the children.
  • You are not at the mercy of a judge.
  • The divorce process is streamlined and simplified.

Couples across Pennsylvania choose an uncontested divorce because it allows them to maintain control over their divorce settlement, rather than leaving these decisions up to a judge. Perhaps the greatest advantage of an uncontested divorce is how it facilitates good communication between the spouses and alleviates the effects of divorce on the couple's children.

As a whole, children do much better when their divorcing parents agree to a mutual consent divorce, where both parties are actively encouraging a smooth and simplified divorce. In contrast, when parents are engaged in a contentious divorce battle, children often carry the burden and the ramifications can last a lifetime for a child of an adversarial divorce.

In order to pursue a mutual consent divorce in Pennsylvania, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your marriage is irretrievably broken
  • You and your spouse agree to the divorce, and
  • You and your spouse agree to sign an affidavit consenting to the divorce.

Are you interested in a simple, affordable, uncontested divorce? Contact Cairns Law Offices, to work with a firm that is A + accredited by the Better Business Bureau®. We offer FREE, initial phone consultations!