When a divorce is uncontested, this means that there is no dispute between the spouses concerning the terms of the divorce. These are usually terms concerning property division and spousal support, though they may also include child custody and child support, if the spouses have children together. While contested divorce requires settlement through court, uncontested divorce allows divorce agreements to be reached outside the courtroom, which can save a great amount of time and money. Here are the steps for filing an uncontested divorce with your spouse in the state of Pennsylvania:
- Meet the residency requirement: In order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, at least one of the spouses in the marriage is required to have been a resident or domicile of the state for six months or more.
- File for "mutual consent" divorce: When the spouses are seeking an uncontested divorce, they can file under the no-fault grounds of "mutual consent," which means they both agree to divorce based on the fact that the marriage is "irretrievably broken." In these cases, each spouse must file an affidavit showing that they both agree to the divorce.
- Reach a divorce agreement over the next 90 days: After the affidavits are submitted, the divorce cannot be finalized by the court for 90 days. During this time, the spouses work outside of court to reach an agreement on each of the terms of their divorce. If the spouses have already come to agreement by the time the 90 days pass, then the divorce can usually be finalized right away.
Because uncontested divorces are much simpler than contested divorces, our legal team at Cairns Law Offices can help clients carry out this process through the Internet using our firm's free Divorce Wizard. Our Pennsylvania uncontested divorce attorney offers uncontested, no-fault divorces for only $209, which includes all court costs. Contact our firm to learn more about how we can assist you!