A Pennsylvania divorce can be filed in state by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon completing a Pennsylvania divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, maintenance (spousal support) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Pennsylvania divorce without the expense of an attorney.
Types of Divorce in Pennsylvania
A divorce in Pennsylvania is uncontested, if you and your spouse can agree on major issues such as property division, alimony and child support, and if it is unlikely that your spouse will file papers in court disagreeing with the divorce request. The spouses may file for divorce in Pennsylvania on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and if both spouses consent to the divorce, it will be handled in an expedited manner. On the other hand, a divorce in Pennsylvania is contested if you and your spouse cannot agree on enough issues to require resolution by the court.
Alternatives to Divorce in Pennsylvania
Legal separation: Technically, there is no such thing in Pennsylvania as ?legal separation.? However, the spouses may enter into a binding separation agreement if it is made on reasonable terms.
An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. The person seeking the annulment must prove that the prerequisites for annulments are met. The prerequisites tend to be more difficult to establish and therefore many lawyers advise clients to file for divorce in Pennsylvania