In a collaborative divorce, each spouse retains their own divorce lawyer and they both sign a document that they will not use the courts to litigate any issues that arise in their matter.
Instead, they each voluntarily disclose all of their assets and debts to one another and then engage in a series of 4-way meetings with their respective lawyers to resolve all the outstanding terms in their case which then get incorporated into a marital settlement agreement that is filed with the court.
This law changed in 2016 from 2 years in October 2016.
in the county in which they are seeking the divorce.
If both you and your spouse are in agreement that you want a divorce, then you have an uncontested divorce.
Before you actually file for divorce in PA, consider whether you are both amicable enough to mediate your divorce, or whether you have anything that might require resolution through a mediation process.
That is, unlike other states, spouses do not need to file a document requesting the court to issue a determination that they are officially separated, often referred to as a separate maintenance order.
Instead, spouses may contract privately to physically separate and declare their marriage over.
In Pennsylvania, spouses need not be physically separated in order to be separated in the eyes of the law.