The Process in Bucks
Bucks County Divorce Process
The process for a divorce, as any Bucks County divorce lawyer will tell you, is rarely “traditional”. Emotions change, issues come to light, individuals become non-compliant, and situations become tense.
The “Traditional” Path for a Bucks County Divorce
In general, the most simple divorce in Bucks County moves along this steps:
1. Filing necessary papers in the office of the prothonotary in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
2. Notifying the spouse by sending him or her a copy of the filed court papers via certified mail or process server.
3. Negotiating the marital property settlement.
4. Both spouses signing an agreement called an Affidavit of Consent.
5. Filing a form called a Praecipe to Transmit Record with the prothonotary.
Additional Divorce Issues & Process
To be eligible for the Mutual Consent Divorce, a couple must:
a) Meet the residency requirement (at least one spouse must be a resident for at least six months prior to filing).
b) Have no minor or dependent children, or be in accord about custody and child support, so that there is no need for a hearing.
c) Be in accord about the terms and conditions of the Marital SettlementAgreement.
d) Each sign an Affidavit of Consent.
While the procedure for a Mutual Consent Divorce is simple, the action requires a number of forms. Not all of these forms are required in all circumstances, as will be evident, and some may be filed at the conclusion of the 90-day period.