We have all heard
divorce horror stories over the years. We’ve heard tales of jealousy, spite,
and long, drawn-out court battles. We’ve heard of litigated divorces
plummeting spouses into bankruptcy and ruining every ounce of their emotional
and financial wellbeing. We’ve heard of scarred children, and families
Whether you heard such a horror story from a close friend or family member,
or a celebrity on TV, you probably understand what we’re getting
at. Now, it’s your turn. It’s your turn to divorce and you
have two options: 1) file a fault-based divorce and face a court battle,
or 2) set your differences aside, file a
no-fault divorce and have a much more peaceful divorce. The choice is yours.
In the United States, we have strictly no-fault states and we have “mixed
states,” which let people file for divorce on fault-based grounds
or no-fault grounds. Pennsylvania is a mixed state, which means you can
file a fault-based divorce or a no-fault divorce.
To file a fault-based divorce, you would have to choose one of the following
grounds for divorce: adultery, abandonment without cause for a year or
more, cruelty (including domestic violence), bigamy, criminal conviction
with a sentence for at least two years, and humiliating an innocent spouse
to the extent that the marriage is intolerable.
To file a fault-based divorce, the spouse’s misconduct must be proven
in court. The main issues with fault-based divorces are that they’re
more stressful, they’re more expensive, and they often involve a
Why No-Fault Divorce is Better
Spouses typically want to avoid a full-blown court battle, and most of
them would prefer not to air their dirty laundry. To avoid these headaches,
they can file a no-fault divorce. With a no-fault divorce, no one is pointing
any fingers. The spouses file for divorce based on “irretrievable
breakdown” and leave it at that.
If the divorce is by
mutual consent, a divorce can be granted in as little as 90 days from the date the complaint
is served on the other party. On the other hand, if only one spouse wants
the divorce, and the spouses have been living separate and apart for at least
one year, and it’s been at least one year since the divorce action was filed,
the court can grant a divorce based on the marriage being irretrievably
broken. These are both NO-FAULT divorces, though a mutual consent divorce
can be obtained much faster.
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Are you interested in obtaining a no-fault divorce for just $219? To learn more,
contact our firm to speak with a Philadelphia divorce lawyer.