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How Soon Can I Obtain a Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce?

Posted By Cairns Law Offices || 21-Sep-2015

If you're like most people, you have no desire to drag out your divorce, especially if you have children together. The longer a divorce takes, the more stress and the more expense. Even if you're feeling angry and bitter towards your spouse you can't ignore one fact: divorce war means more money out of the marital pot, hence less money to you in the divorce settlement.

As Pennsylvania divorce attorneys, we have found that when possible it is best to put one's pain and emotions aside to achieve an amicable divorce. In the whole scheme of things, there are many advantages to this approach, such as:

  • You can divorce a lot faster.
  • It's less stressful.
  • It's easier on the kids.
  • Spouses maintain their dignity.
  • More overall satisfaction.
  • It's less expensive.
  • More control over the outcome.
  • Spouses get along better.
  • Spouses are more likely to stick to the terms of the divorce agreement.
  • The spouses can begin dating sooner (if they want).

Separated Under two Years? A No-Fault Divorce Can Be Achieved in as Little as 90 Days

In Pennsylvania, spouses can file for a no-fault or a fault divorce. If the divorce is by "mutual consent," the court can grant a divorce 90 days after the complaint has been served upon the other party and both parties have filed the Affidavits of Consent.

Otherwise, if only one spouse wants a divorce and the other one is putting up a fight, the spouses must have been living "separate and apart" for at least two years, or two years must have passed since the divorce action was filed in order for the court to grant a divorce, based on a finding that the marriage was irretrievably broken. Both are considered "no-fault" divorce grounds.

As you can see, if you want a divorce, getting your spouse on board can mean the difference between 3 or 4 months and at least 2 years, and that's a big difference. There's no benefit in dragging out the inevitable.

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