Leaving a troubled marriage may not be so difficult when you know about the process of obtaining an uncontested divorce, otherwise known as a “mutual consent” divorce. If you are a Pennsylvania resident and you agree on the distribution of assets and debts, you may file for an uncontested divorce. The benefit of this process is that no court appearance by either party, and it can be handled inexpensively. The couple is free to divide up what they have on their own without costly court arguments.
To be eligible for an uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania, you, or your spouse, must have been a resident of the state continuously for six months or more preceding the filing of the divorce in court. Residency in Pennsylvania is generally determined by where a party has in fact lived during that period. Other states may differ in the number of months.
The divorce complaint may be filed in any county in Pennsylvania which is agreeable to both parties. Some counties have extraordinary high filing costs, and they are to be avoided of course. A lawyer can find an inexpensive county easily. If you or your spouse is currently in full-time military service, and the home of record for either of you is located in Pennsylvania, your divorce may be filed in a Pennsylvania county.
Should you have questions about your residence or need additional information about uncontested divorces in Pennsylvania, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.