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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.
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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.

You can use Rocket Lawyer to Find a Lawyernear you who can provide you with further assistance in completing your divorce.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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