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PA Divorce Law

Navigating the realm of divorce law can be a labyrinthine journey. During one of life's most emotionally trying episodes, individuals are also tasked with comprehending the intricate web of legalities governing divorce. This is where the guidance of a seasoned divorce attorney can provide clarity and support.

In the state of Pennsylvania, specific prerequisites and grounds must be met and understood when initiating divorce proceedings. Below, we delve into some fundamental aspects of divorce law in Pennsylvania:

Residency Criteria: To initiate divorce proceedings in Pennsylvania, one or both spouses must have maintained residency in the state for at least six months, and the divorce petition must be filed in the county where either spouse currently resides.

No-Fault and At-Fault Grounds: Pennsylvania recognizes both no-fault and at-fault grounds for divorce.

No-Fault Grounds: No-fault divorce can be pursued under one of three circumstances:

  1. Mutual agreement by both spouses that their marriage is "irretrievably broken."
  2. One spouse asserts that the marriage is "irretrievably broken," and both spouses have been living apart for a minimum of two years.
  3. One spouse has been confined in a mental institution for a continuous period of at least 18 months, with no foreseeable discharge within the subsequent 18 months.

For couples seeking a no-fault divorce by mutual consent, Pennsylvania mandates attendance at up to three counseling sessions before the issuance of a divorce decree.

At-Fault Grounds: At-fault divorce is predicated on one spouse's misconduct, allowing the innocent spouse to file for divorce without the offending spouse's consent. Grounds for at-fault divorce encompass:

  1. Willful and malicious desertion, denoting absence from the family home for a minimum of one year.
  2. Adultery.
  3. Bigamy.
  4. Cruel and barbarous treatment and/or endangerment of a spouse's life.
  5. The criminal conviction of the offending spouse, followed by a prison sentence of at least two years.
  6. Infliction of such indignities as to render the other spouse's condition intolerable and create an oppressive existence.

Regardless of the specific grounds for divorce, engaging a divorce attorney is of paramount importance, especially in cases of at-fault divorce. Filing spouses must substantiate their grounds, while allegedly offending spouses may face enduring repercussions.

Divorce is a multifaceted ordeal, with complex legal intricacies compounded by the emotional turbulence of the process. Safeguarding the most vulnerable family members, often the children, is a top priority. Acquiring the services of a top-tier legal representative streamlines the process, whether through mediation or court proceedings.

If you are contemplating the dissolution of your marriage or have been served with divorce papers, Gregory Bazylak is poised to provide guidance. Gregory recognizes the emotional toll of divorce and the legal complexities it entails. With a diverse clientele, he acknowledges the unique dynamics of each family and is committed to crafting personalized solutions that address the core issues.

For additional insights or to schedule a consultation with Gregory, please do not hesitate to contact him at 814-849-1278. Your peace of mind is our primary concern. We serve clients in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield Counties in Pennsylvania, including Brookville, Clearfield, Clarion, DuBois, Punxsutawney, PA and the surrounding area.