Avoiding Conflict Through Uncontested Divorce
Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016
Divorce can be one of the most painful and humiliating experiences a person can have in life. It may arise after months or years of strife, or because of infidelity, for example. It is no secret that hard feelings and revenge are frequently played out in court proceedings, and divorcing parties may never want to speak to each other after the divorce is final.
Indeed, divorcees are entitled to their emotional pain. After all, marriage is supposed to last forever, and divorce often carries with it a strong sense of betrayal. People in these situations often don’t see the big picture or view divorce objectively. This often leads to needless litigation and deeper emotional wounds. When this happens, the actual costs (both financial and emotional) of high-conflict divorces can be overwhelming and an unwise investment of time and money.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. People in Pennsylvania reach amicable, diplomatic divorces every day when they reach even-handed agreements on property division, child custody and support, as well as the payment of outstanding debts. These are called simple, uncontested no-fault divorces, and they generally do not require a court appearance.
Benefits Of Uncontested Divorce
Besides not having to go to court, an uncontested divorce has several benefits. First, you will not have to argue or appear in court over property. In a simple, uncontested no-fault divorce action, there is no protracted legal battle over “who gets what.” Second, you will not have to spend much money getting divorced. Bickering couples spend an inordinate amount of money on motions, discovery and other legal tools in an attempt to get what they believe they are owed. These are unnecessary in simple, uncontested no-fault divorces, since agreements are usually reached before the first court papers are filed.
Most importantly, the parties benefit from the freedom and flexibility that a simple, uncontested no-fault divorce provides. They are generally prepared to meet the terms of their accord and are much more likely to follow their own agreement than an order issued by a court.
As you may know, Pennsylvania now recognizes and allows same-sex marriage. Accordingly, the Court has advised that a divorce can be granted to a same-sex couple married in Pennsylvania or in any other jurisdiction, state or country where the marriage was legal at the time of the ceremony.
If you are seeking a simple, uncontested no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania, a family law attorney can help you understand your rights under the law, as well as the information required to complete the necessary papers. In some cases, a lawyer can help maintain the lines of communication and mediate subtle disputes that may impede an agreement.
For more information on a simple, uncontested no-fault divorce divorces, contact an experienced family law attorney.