A Guide to Uncontested Divorce in PA

March 28, 2017 / 12:00 am

An Amicable Divorce with a Happy Ending Is a Real Possibility

As it happens, it’s possible to have a relatively happy ending where divorces are concerned. This is what’s known as an uncontested divorce.

Let’s say that after some years of marriage—maybe five years, or ten years, or more—you and your spouse have both come to the conclusion that you’re simply no longer in love. Perhaps you both feel that your relationship would work better as a friendship than a marriage.

And so even though you’re still fond of each other, you both agree that pursuing a divorce would make good sense. Assuming you can also agree amicably on how to go about dividing any marital property or real estate you may own, pursuing an uncontested divorce will undoubtedly make the experience a much smoother and less stressful one. In most cases it will also be resolved quicker, and the legal expenses will be lessened.

Why You Still Need to Retain a Divorce Attorney in Doylestown

Speaking of lawyers, it’s important to understand that even in the case of an especially civilized uncontested divorce, each spouse will nevertheless still want to retain their own family law attorney, generally for the purpose of legal advice. Even in the case of an uncontested divorce, however, there are a good number of other reasons to hire a lawyer. Here are just a few:

  • With decades of combined experience, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Doylestown divorce attorneys of Penglase & Benson have seen it all, and then some. Time and again, we’ve seen incredibly civil couples working through an uncontested divorce with the utmost class and selflessness … until something causes the niceties to cease. Should you happen to unexpectedly find yourself in such a situation, you’ll be incredibly thankful that a lawyer will be there to protect your interests.
  • If children and custody agreements will be a part of your uncontested divorce, moving forward without a family law attorney on your side is not a good idea. We don’t have to tell you that you never want to take chances where your children are concerned. And because custody laws can differ so widely from state to state, a family law attorney is really the only professional who can alert you to any possible mistakes or missteps you may be making where your children and their custody agreements are concerned.
  • It isn’t uncommon for couples working toward an uncontested divorce to draft their own divorce agreement. In theory, this sounds like a wise idea. After all, it’s a good way to save on legal fees. And certainly no lawyer understands your relationship better than the two of you. Right? Well, yes and no. The reality of a couple drafting their own divorce agreement is that most lawyers simply won’t agree to sign off on it. Attorneys tend to be very exacting people where the law is concerned, and it’s rare to find one who will sign off on a legal document that he or she didn’t personally author.

For a Successful Uncontested Divorce, Bring a Lawyer Onboard

While an uncontested divorce will almost certainly be less of a headache for you and your spouse than a contested divorce, there are still any number of legal issues that will need to be addressed along the way. It isn’t likely that all of them will be as simple as you and your spouse might hope. It’s also important to remember that each state has its own laws governing divorce proceedings.

The divorce procedure in PA can be overwhelming to say the least. For more information about the sort of divorce you should consider pursuing, contact a divorce attorney in Doylestown at Penglase & Benson, Inc., for a consultation. We are conveniently located next to the Bucks County Courthouse. You can find parking in a nearby garage or on the street. We are easily accessible by train, bus and via Route 611 and Route 313. You can also reach us by completing an online contact form.