An amicable divorce is synonymous with an uncontested or no contest divorce. Believe it or not, there is such a thing, and it works well in the appropriate contexts.
An amicable divorce may involve agreement on matters including, but not limited to, child custody, child support, visitation, spousal support, and property division. After agreement is reached on core divorce terms, the couple must file legal forms in family court to actually obtain the divorce. Often, there is a requisite separation or waiting period. The final divorce is subject to the court's approval. The divorce incorporates terms the couple agreed to in their final decree.
Amicable divorces are popular because spouses agree on terms and file papers in court without the cost and time of hiring attorneys. An amicable divorce saves time, money, and heartache. Not surprisingly, every state but New York has passed no contest divorce laws to foster expedited divorces.