Pennsylvania's Residency Requirements
The petitioner must have been a Pennsylvania resident for 6 months prior to filing the divorce forms.
Pennsylvania's Grounds for Divorce
Pennsylvania residents may file for divorce under fault or no-fault grounds.
- irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 years or more
- cruel and inhuman treatment
- imprisonment for 2 years or more
- willful desertion
Pennsylvania's Child Custody Guidelines
Divorcing parents are allowed to collaborate on a child custody arrangement. If the parents cannot reach a decision, a Pennsylvania court will make a ruling.
- any evidence or history of abuse, violence, or harassment
- whether the parent will allow a meaningful relationship between the other parent and the child
- wishes of the child
Pennsylvania's Child Support Guidelines
If the parents cannot agree on the amount of child support and the paying parent, child support will be decided by state-specific calculations and guidelines.
- any unusual needs of the child
- the parent's earning capacity, financial situation and resources
Pennsylvania's Spousal Support Guidelines
Spousal support can be paid in one lump sum, in installments, or periodically. The spouses may determine the spousal support type, or the courts may award spousal support.
- the duration of the marriage
- the standard of living experienced at time of separation
- any marital fault
Pennsylvania's Property Division Guidelines
Pennsylvania has adopted equitable distribution guidelines, which means all property (including gifts and inheritances) will be divided as fairly and equally as possible. Spouses may collaborate on the property distribution, but if they are unable to agree the courts will make a ruling.
- each spouse's income, marketable skills, and earning capacity
- duration of the marriage
- each spouse's contribution to the property, including acquisition and upkeep
Pennsylvania's Venue Guidelines
A petitioner may file the divorce forms in their Pennsylvania county of residence, or in the respondent's county of residence.