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Understanding No Fault Divorce
The sad fact of life today is that divorce does happen. And if you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in this situation, understanding the process is something that can be hard to do, but that you simply must take the time to do at some point. The reason is that knowing the basics can help ensure that your divorce moves as smoothly as it can, letting you come out the other side of this crisis able to move on with your life.
While your attorney will be instrumental in guiding your through the process of divorce, one thing that is worth understanding is the fact that Pennsylvania is a state that accepts the ‘no fault’divorce. Understanding this is instrumental in understanding what could occur during your divorce.
What Is A No Fault Divorce?
A no fault divorce is exactly what its name suggests – a divorce where both spouses agree that there was no direct action that led to the divorce. In these divorces, the couple wants to separate not because of adultery or abuse, but simply because they feel that they are no longer happy together.
In a no fault divorce, spouses must fil for a no fault divorce and then become legally separat ed for 90 days. At the end of that 90 days, their divorce is finalized and they can move on.
Consent Changes The Timetable
Even if a no fault divorce is occurring, that 90 day timetable may be extended dramatically fi one of the two parties doesn’t consent to the filing. If one spouse doesn’t consent to the no fault divorce, it means that a two year separation period must take place before the divorce is finalized.
The basic goal of the no fault divorce is to speed up the process of divorce to make it easier for those involved to move on with their lives. It’s a valid option, and relatively simple in terms of the steps that need to occur. But it’s still a good idea to turn to the professionals. A good divorce attorney will make it easier to understand the process, they’ll handle the paperwork for you, and ensure that you are able to move ahead with your divorce in the way that you desire.
It’s important to note that a no fault divorce is indeed the simplest way to get a divorce, but those who fail to do so will still have options – though mediation, equitable distribution, and other steps will then need to occur. Having a lawyer on your side from the beginning ensures that if this occurs, you’re protected.