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Fault and No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

By Cairns Law Offices  Mar. 13, 2013 9:44a

Pennsylvania has both fault-based and no-fault divorce laws. Those who are able to work out no-fault divorces are not required to make a court appearance, which will speed up the divorce process, make it less stressful and less costly. In order to obtain a divorce in the state, you or your spouse must have resided in the state for a minimum of six months. You will file your divorce papers in the county where you reside. Fault grounds for divorce include willful and malicious desertion for at least one year, adultery, cruel or barbarous treatment, knowingly entering into a bigamous marriage while already in an existing marriage, being sentenced to prison for two or more years after being convicted of a crime, and committing indignities which would make the other spouse's life intolerable. A divorce may also be granted based on a spouse being institutionalized in a mental hospital for 18 months or longer where there is no reasonable prospect of release.

No-fault divorces are granted based upon two possibilities. The first is by mutual consent and the other is due to an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. A mutual consent divorce occurs 90 days after a divorce action has been filed after the marriage is irretrievably broken. In this type of no-fault divorce, both parties agree to the divorce. In the second type of no-fault divorce, the marriage is alleged to be irretrievably broken and the parties have lived separate and apart for a minimum of two years.

In an uncontested no-fault divorce, both parties will have reached an agreement on any issues pertinent to the divorce, such as the division of marital property and debts, child custody, support, and visitation, alimony, and more.

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