In most parts of the United States, people cannot move to a new state and
file for divorce shortly afterwards. Instead, most states require that
people meet what is called the “residency requirement” before
they can file for divorce.
Does Pennsylvania have a residency requirement? Yes, like most other states
it does. In order to file for
divorce in Pennsylvania, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state
for at least six months prior to filing.
Additionally, the spouse who files for divorce must file the papers in
the court where the other spouse lives. This is not usually an issue because
in many cases, the spouses live in the same county at the time of filing
for divorce, but not always.
If you wish to file for divorce and your spouse now lives in a different
county than you, you have options. You can file for divorce:
- In the county where you both lived while you were married providing you
have lived in the same county continuously since you separated from your spouse,
- In the county where you live as long as your spouse agrees to it, or
- In the county where either of you currently live if neither of you still
live in the county that you lived in when you were married to each other.
If you wish to file for divorce and your spouse moved out-of-state, you
may file in the county where you live. Since travel can get expensive,
the family courts in Pennsylvania have several filing options available
so spouses can minimize the travel associated with obtaining a divorce.
No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania
At Cairns Law Offices, we help people obtain low-cost,
no-fault divorces throughout Pennsylvania. If you and your spouse are willing to
reach an agreement on matters pertaining to
child custody (where applicable),
debt division, we would be happy to help you achieve a quick, expedient divorce.
To learn more about our divorce services,
contact us today!