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Pennsylvania Grounds for Divorce

Pennsylvania divorce courts accept both no fault and fault ground for divorce. In a no fault divorce, the divorce petition states that the marriage is irretrievably broken. An affidavit is filed along with the divorce petition, alleging that the parties have lived separate and apart for at least two years. In a no fault divorce, the couple must also recognize Pennsylvania divorce waiting periods. After filing for divorce, at least 90 days must pass from the filing date or when the marriage is irretrievably broken before a divorce is granted.

If one spouse is filing for a fault divorce, there are a few grounds he or she can file under, including:

  • Adultery
  • Bigamy
  • Willful and malicious desertion for one year
  • Cruel treatment, endangering the life or health of the injured spouse
  • Incarceration for two years
  • Creating an intolerable and burdensome living condition for the innocent spouse

Before filing for divorce in Pennsylvania, one spouse must meet the Pennsylvania residency requirement. A Pennsylvania divorce lawyer can help you understand other Pennsylvania divorce laws and state requirements that may affect the length of the divorce process for you. Find a local Pennsylvania divorce attorney today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling our a Pennsylvania divorce case review. Get the advice you need to get through the Pennsylvania divorce process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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The above synopsis of Pennsylvania divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Pennsylvania divorce attorney in your area.

Pennsylvania divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.