Going to court may be very annoying or stressful depending on your temperament. You have probably heard horror stories about those who were treated unfairly by the judicial system, as well as those who essentially went to court “for nothing”. When you consider attorney’s fees and the emotional pain of testifying in court, you might wonder why anyone actually wants to go before a judge to resolve their issues.
The truth is, you can get divorced without going to court. That is why uncontested divorces work. For those fortunate enough to be able to file for divorce in a Pennsylvania court, no court appearance by either party is required in cases wherein the only issue is ending the marriage. The couple is free to divide up what they have on their own without costly court arguments.
If there are minor children, once again, the couple can work this out without an attorney or court involvement. They must remember that while they will shortly no longer be husband and wife, they will still be mom and dad with the court on standby to resolve any new or unanticipated issues after the divorce.
Even if you are seeking an uncontested divorce, an attorney can be invaluable resource. A family law attorney can help divorcing parties understand what they are entitled to under the law, and provide the information necessary for completing the petition. Pennsylvania law requires several steps in order to complete a divorce. A lawyer can ensure that the petition is properly processed, so that minimal effort on the client’s behalf is necessary.
Ultimately, uncontested divorcees avoid the courtroom drama and emotional toil that divorcing couples encounter. After all, your case is uncontested; you have already come to terms with how you will divide property, account for custody and monetary support.
If you have questions about uncontested divorces in Pennsylvania, and whether you are eligible to proceed in this manner, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.