Guide to Get an Uncontested Divorce in Pennsylvania
Opting for an uncontested divorce can have significant advantages for couples who are separating. Simply put, an uncontested divorce occurs when both parties to the divorce agree on all of the main issues of the divorce. This requires an amicable relationship and willingness to negotiate, so it may not be possible for everyone, but when it is, it is highly recommended to opt for an uncontested divorce over alternatives.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
In Pennsylvania, the court may also call an uncontested divorce a no-fault divorce, consensual no-fault divorce or a mutual consent divorce. But these all essentially mean the same thing. A mutual consent divorce is a faster divorce process than traditional divorce. Comparatively, you can get divorced in three to four months, rather than the standard two or more years for divorces that require mediation, negotiation, or litigation.
However, to take advantage of a mutual consent divorce, both spouses must agree to the divorce and sign papers stating that each is in agreement. Furthermore, if at any point you or your spouse no longer agree to any issue, you will need to start the process for a traditional divorce.
How to File an Uncontested Divorce in PA?
For those looking to file for an uncontested divorce, here are the general steps you should take:
- First, you need to create and file the complaint for your divorce.
- Next, you must serve your spouse the divorce papers and file proof of service.
- Then you will need to create consents and other documents.
- If for any reason, you and your spouse are not in agreement on a matter, but still wish to pursue an uncontested divorce, you may need to seek mediation.
- Finally you will finalize the divorce with official divorce papers.
How Much Does a No Contest Divorce Cost in PA?
With any legal matter, the cost of a no contest divorce highly depends upon the situation. But it is very likely to be less expensive than a traditional divorce, or a divorce that ends in litigation. It is also going to be faster, therefore saving you money on legal hours. Generally speaking a no contest divorce begins at a few hundred dollars.
How Do You Respond to An Uncontested Divorce?
To respond to an uncontested divorce and to keep it uncontested, you will want to agree with the divorce. If you can decide all of the details with your spouse beforehand, this is the quickest and cheapest option and will prevent you from going to litigation. If there are details with which you do not agree, you can ask for amendments and should your spouse agree to them, you are still set to file for an uncontested divorce.
Can I file An Uncontested Divorce Without a Lawyer?
Legally, yes. You do not need to hire a lawyer to file for an uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania; however there are many reasons why you should still consider doing so. First, there are still things that can go wrong and work to your disadvantage even in an uncontested divorce. This is why it’s important to have a properly educated lawyer review all of your documents and agreements prior to filing to ensure there are no blind spots you are missing. Additionally, uncontested divorces are often the least expensive divorce option. So, for a modest investment you can gain the peace of mind knowing everything is filed correctly and in your favor.
How Colgan and Associates Can Help You
Our team of trusted divorce attorneys at Colgan & Associates stand ready to assist with your matter, whether that’s an uncontested divorce or another family law issue. We proudly offer no-cost phone consultations to individuals hoping to better understand their matter and how we may be able to assist them. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce in Pennsylvania, please reach out to us today at tel:(717) 502-5000.