Pennsylvania Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Pennsylvania
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Pennsylvania. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Pennsylvania online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Pennsylvania are as follows:

  • Either spouse must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania for at least six months prior to filing
  • A proceeding for divorce may be brought in the county:
    • Where the defendant resides
    • If the defendant resides outside of this Commonwealth, where the plaintiff resides
    • Of matrimonial domicile, if the plaintiff has continuously resided in the county
    • Prior to six months after the date of final separation and with agreement of the defendant, where the plaintiff resides or, if neither party continues to reside in the county of matrimonial domicile, where either party resides
    • Or, after six months after the date of final separation, where either party resides

    (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3104)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania:

  • No Fault:
    • Mutual consent - Marriage is irretrievably broken and 90 days have elapsed from the date of commencement of an action
    • Irretrievable breakdown - Living separate and apart for a period of at least two years and that the marriage is irretrievably broken
  • Fault:
    • Willful and malicious desertion for the period of one or more years
    • Adultery
    • Cruel and barbarous treatment
    • Knowingly entered into a bigamous marriage while a former marriage is still subsisting
    • Imprisonment for a term of two or more years
    • Offered such indignities to the innocent and injured spouse as to render that spouse’s condition intolerable and life burdensome

    (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3301)

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