Nobody decides to get married with the intention of getting divorced. But if you find your Pennsylvania marriage coming to an end, one of the best case scenarios for you, your spouse and your children is choosing an amicable divorce.
What does an amicable divorce mean?
The term “amicable divorce” refers to divorces that occur without any serious disagreement. Typically, in an amicable divorce, both parties agree that it benefits their family and future interests.
Does amicable mean painless or uncontested?
Couples going through an amicable divorce do not have to be friends, and they may not even like each other. While most amicable divorces are uncontested, couples can choose to have an amicable process while contesting certain aspects of the divorce. The method of contesting in an amicable divorce serves to reduce the amount of time spent in a courtroom.
What is a collaborative divorce?
A collaborative divorce is a type of amicable divorce. In this type of divorce, each party has its own legal counsel, but the divorce agreement occurs outside of court. Collaborative divorces create the following benefits:
- These divorces take less time.
- Judges do not make the decisions.
- Both parties spend less money on legal fees.
- Dependents typically experience less stress.
What other types of amicable divorce do people choose?
Some couples go through with a “do-it-yourself” approach to divorce in which they do not retain legal counsel and fill out their own legal forms. Other couples seek mediation which allows them to retain the help of a neutral third party to settle any disagreements outside of court.
Why should you choose an amicable divorce?
Contested options increase your legal fees, take longer to complete, and run the risk of causing any dependents extra stress. No matter how much you dislike your future ex-spouse, now may be the time to consider trying to find an amicable solution.