The term “amicable divorce” may seem like an impossible juxtaposition of words, but it is actually possible when both parties are not fighting over property division, children and the like. Although an amicable divorce is not exactly “friendly,” it isn’t a scorched earth battle between parties to a divorce at war with each other on every issue possible.

The key to an amicable divorce is that both parties are able to work out an agreement on their own. If they can, there will be fewer court appearances, less stress, and less money spent on attorneys. Chances are, the divorce will be over much sooner, as well.

Is An Amicable Divorce the Same As An Uncontested Divorce?

Yes, for all practical purposes, an amicable divorce is the same as an “uncontested divorce” or “no contest divorce.” Neither side is contesting any of the matters the court must consider and approve in any divorce, which include:
  • The division of all marital property and assets
  • The division of all marital debt
  • The amount and duration of spousal support (alimony)
  • If children are involved, the legal custody and physical placement arrangements
  • The amount of child support to be paid
An amicable divorce is most likely when couples have no minor children, are capable of supporting themselves, and have little in the way of assets and no real estate. It stands to reason that the less there is to fight over, the less fighting there will be.

Limited Scope Representation in Amicable Divorces

While couples involved in amicable divorces often believe they can handle their divorce on their own (a "pro se" divorce), having an attorney help you organize and draft your agreement, prepare you for court, and get your legal paperwork in order will ensure your divorce proceeds without any undue delays. You can also be sure that you will not be signing something that is clearly not in your best interests.

How Much Does Representation Cost?

We offer legal services on a task-by-task basis, with costs and fees ranging from $50 to $200 per service. You control the final cost, but the typical Divorce PRO client will pay a quarter of what would be due a full-service law firm for the same divorce. There is no retainer fee, and your initial consultation is free.

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