The State of Pennsylvania offers two types of no-fault divorce. A “mutual consent divorce” can be granted ninety days after filing for divorce if both parties file an Affidavit consenting to the divorce. If the parties complete a Divorce Settlement Agreement the process can be expedited, but having such an agreement is not necessary. The other no-fault grounds for divorce is two-year separation. This type of divorce can be granted only after the parties have been separated for a minimum of two years and have signed an Affidavit stating this fact. In addition to the previous two grounds of divorce, the state offers a number of fault divorce grounds, which require one spouse to prove wrongdoing or fault by the other spouse.  

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Residency Requirements

In order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania at least one spouse must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least six (6) months immediately prior to filing for divorce.
 
Fill Out your Forms

When filing for a divorce you must file certain documents as required by the court. Use the Complaint form to start the divorce action. The Complaint details the couple’s eligibility for divorce in Pennsylvania and the reason for divorce, along with any other matters you want the court to decide. You'll also need to complete the Writ of Summons, which provides basic procedural information to the Defendant that a divorce has been filed and requests a response in order to prevent the Plaintiff from proceeding by default. Unfortunately the State of Pennsylvania does not offer these forms required to start a divorce online.

If both parties agree on the terms of their divorce they should complete a Divorce Settlement Agreement.  You can use Rocket Lawyer's easy interview process to complete this agreement, which outlines the terms of the division of property, assets and debts in your divorce. Completing this document will help you avoid the cost and time involved in going to trial but is contingent on the parties being in agreement.

Additional Assistance

Unfortunately Pennsylvania does not offer the required forms online.  You should contact you local County Clerk’s office and request assistance regarding your divorce.

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