DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
Residency Requirements for a Pennsylvania Divorce
You must be a legal resident of Pennsyvlania. Legal residency means that you have lived in the state for a certain amount of time or you did so recently, such as within the previous 90 days. Either party to the divorce can file based upon residency. As long as one person is a resident, it does not matter where the other party lives.
Grounds for Divorce
Pennsylvania allows you to file for divorce based on certain grounds. "Grounds" refer to the reasons for the divorce. Grounds could include adultery or abuse. Pennsylvania allows a no-fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences, which means you and your spouse no longer get along in such a way that the marriage can be maintained.
Contested or Uncontested Divorce
In a "contested" divorce, the parties do not agree on how to resolve their differences. Disputed issues can include alimony, child support, child custody, and how to split the marital assets. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement, contested divorces are decided by a judge. An "uncontested" divorce means both parties agree to the divorce and have reached a mutual agreement on how to resolve the marital issues.
Final Decree of Divorce
After you and your spouse have gone through the divorce process, the judge will sign the final divorce decree. Once this happens, you and your spouse are legally divorced. If you and your spouse later decide that you want to get back together you will have to obtain a new marriage license and remarry in whichever state you choose.
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