Pennsylvania Divorce Guidelines: Why an Attorney Should Handle Your Divorce

Obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania can be a complex process.  Although couples are not legally required to retain the services of a divorce lawyer, it is always a good idea. Experienced Bucks County divorce attorneys in Pennsylvania help sort through issues of child custody, support, and visitation as well as property and asset division.  An attorney also helps with more complex issues of abuse, immigration concerns, criminal behavior, or vindictive or dishonest spouses.

Even when a situation appears straightforward, the legalities of filing proper motions and petitions in accordance with current Pennsylvania divorce laws can be difficult and time-consuming.

Pennsylvania Divorce Laws

Parties seeking to divorce must meet certain residency and filing requirements in accordance with Pennsylvania divorce laws and legislation.  Appropriate grounds for filing for divorce in Pennsylvania include the following:

No fault grounds

  • Mutual consent—When both parties agree the marriage is irretrievably broken, a divorce may be granted with the filing of an affidavit 90 days after filing of the initial divorce complaint.
  • Irretrievable breakdown—When one party does not agree, the court may still grant a divorce after the other party files an affidavit claiming the marriage is irretrievably broken and that the two parties have lived apart for a period of at least two years.

Fault grounds

  • Desertion without reasonable cause for a period of at least one year.
  • Adultery.
  • Cruel treatment that endangers the health or life of the other spouse.
  • Bigamy.
  • Imprisonment for a period of at least two years.
  • Indignities that render the innocent spouse’s life intolerable or burdensome.

Contact a local Pennsylvania divorce attorney to discuss your case and ensure the proper filing of all paperwork in accordance with state and local laws.  Having an attorney helps to avoid unnecessary delays, protect your rights, and eases the burden during an already difficult time.

Helping you make intelligent and informed decisions

The Bucks County Divorce Law Firm of Jennifer Courtney & Associates understands the emotional toll divorce can take on the entire family.  We work with clients to find workable solutions. Our trusting and empathetic team offers sound legal advice so you can make intelligent and informed decisions.  Call 215-493-3360 to speak with an attorney or contact the firm online. Our offices are located in Yardley, PA and serve clients from Bensalem to Newtown and from Philadelphia to Washington Crossing.

Obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania can be a complex process.  Although couples are not legally required to retain the services of a divorce lawyer, it is always a good idea. Experienced Bucks County divorce attorneys in Pennsylvania help sort through issues of child custody, support, and visitation as well as property and asset division.  An attorney also helps with more complex issues of abuse, immigration concerns, criminal behavior, or vindictive or dishonest spouses.

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