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Either spouse must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania for at least six months prior to filing. A proceeding for divorce or annulment may be brought in the county: A. Where the defendant resides; B. If the defendant resides outside of this Commonwealth, where the plaintiff resides; C. Of matrimonial domicile, if the plaintiff has continuously resided in the county; D. 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 E. After six months after the date of final separation, where either party resides. (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3104)
Mutual consent.--The court may grant a divorce where it is alleged that the marriage is irretrievably broken and 90 days have elapsed from the date of commencement of an action under this part and an affidavit has been filed by each of the parties evidencing that each of the parties consents to the divorce. Irretrievable breakdown.-- The court may grant a divorce where a complaint has been filed alleging that the marriage is irretrievably broken and an affidavit has been filed alleging that the parties have lived separate and apart for a period of at least two years and that the marriage is irretrievably broken. (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3301)
Property and Debt Division
The court will consider all relevant factors when making a property award, including: A. Duration of the marriage. B. Prior marriage. C. The age, health, station, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities and needs of each of the parties. D. Contribution to education and earning capacity. E .The opportunity of each party for future acquisitions of capital assets and income. F. The sources of income of both parties. G. The contribution or dissipation of marital property. H. The value of the property set apart to each party. I. The standard of living. J. Tax ramifications, at the time the division of property is to become effective. K. Custody arrangements. (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3501, 3502, 3505)
Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
The court shall consider all relevant factors when determining support, including: A. The earnings and earning capacities of the parties. B. age C. income of both parties D. The inheritances of the parties. E. length of marriage. F. The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other party. G. Earning power, expenses or financial obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child. H. The standard of living. I. Education of the parties. J. The relative assets and liabilities of the parties. K. The property brought to the marriage . L. The contribution of a spouse as homemaker. M. Needs of the parties. N. The marital misconduct. O. Tax ramifications P. Whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property Q. Capability of self-support through appropriate employment. (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 3701, 3702, 3704, 3706)
Custody and Visitation:
In making an order for custody, partial custody or visitation to either parent, the court shall consider, among other factors, which parent is more likely to encourage, permit and allow frequent and continuing contact and physical access between the noncustodial parent and the child. In addition, the court shall consider each parent and adult household member's present and past violent or abusive conduct which may include, but is not limited to, abusive conduct as defined under the act of October 7, 1976 (P.L.1090, No.218), known as the Protection From Abuse Act. The court shall award sole custody when it is in the best interest of the child. An order for shared custody may be awarded by the court when it is in the best interest of the child: 1. upon application of one or both parents; 2. when the parties have agreed to an award of shared custody; or 3. in the discretion of the court.
Determining Child Support:
Support shall be based upon the reasonable needs of the child seeking support and the ability of the obligor to provide support. In determining the reasonable needs of the child seeking support and the ability of the obligor to provide support, the guideline shall place emphasis on the net incomes and earning capacities of the parties, with allowable deviations for unusual needs, extraordinary expenses and other factors, such as the parties' assets, as warrant special attention. (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes - Title 23 - Sections: 4322)
How Do I Know if I Should File in Pennsylvania?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
How Much Are the Pennsylvania Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Pennsylvania?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Pennsylvania?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Pennsylvania?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Pennsylvania. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in the
With 3StepDivorce TM you can complete and print your Pennsylvania online divorce forms (including a marital settlement agreement) instantly. Then, follow our step-by-step filing procedures to file your divorce in PA in a timely, professional, and hassle free fashion. The online software is designed to give you full control of the Pennsylvania no fault divorce process and also avoids the use of third party data entry, thus helping protect your personal information and privacy. If you're not ready to file for divorce, learn more about getting your Separation Agreement Form or learn more about the basics of divorce in Pennsylvania and how to do your own divorce in Pennsylvania . Also, If you have any questions try visiting our Pennsylvania Divorce Online Help Center .
Filing for divorce can seem overwhelming. Like starting almost any other legal proceeding, it takes finding the right forms, filling out the forms properly, and understanding the court’s requirements for the next steps you’ll need to take.
Traditionally, most people have hired a lawyer to take care of all the legal matters in their divorce. But more and more couples are turning to a much cheaper option that’s still easier than figuring out everything on their own: filing for divorce online.
If you want to know more, read on for answers to some of the most common questions about online divorce in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ takes care of the divorce paperwork for you. Once you sign up for the service, you’ll answer some questions about your situation. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ will fill out the forms the state requires to start the divorce process, along with instructions for adding any further information that’s needed. You’ll be able to print out the forms yourself immediately or, if you prefer, get hard copies by mail.
UPDATE: 3StepDivorce™ for Pennsylvania isn’t available right now, while we update our forms and services for Pennsylvania. Check back soon at 3StepDivorce.com for current availability. In the meantime, you may be able to get divorce forms at the state courts’ divorce website, which includes both statewide and county-specific forms. The information below can answer your questions about getting an uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has two basic requirements to file for divorce in the state: a residency requirement, and a legally recognized reason for ending your marriage.
You may file for divorce in Pennsylvania as long as either you or your spouse has been a resident in the state for the six-month period just before the filing date. (23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3104(b) (2022).)
Pennsylvania law allows both “fault” and “no-fault” grounds (legal reasons) for divorce. When you file for a no-fault divorce, you don’t have to prove that your spouse was at fault for ending the marriage. There are two different no-fault grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania:
Marriage breakdown with separation. To get a divorce based on this ground, you must file an affidavit with your divorce papers stating that your marriage is “irretrievably broken” (meaning there’s no reasonable prospect of getting back together) and that you have lived separate and apart from your spouse for at least a year. If your spouse denies either of those claims, a judge will have to hold a hearing and decide whether your claims are true.
Mutual consent. You can get a no-fault divorce based on the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage—without a minimum separation period—if both your and your spouse file affidavits consenting to the divorce.
A fault divorce is based on a claim that your marriage is ending because your spouse engaged in a certain kind of misconduct (such as adultery, cruelty, or desertion) or due to your spouse’s serious mental disorder. (23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3301 (2022).)
Fault-based divorces are usually more expensive and lengthy, because the spouse accused of misconduct is sure to fight the allegations. And of course, a no-fault divorce based on separation means waiting at least a year before you can start the divorce proceedings. That’s why most Pennsylvania couples who agree that it’s time to end their marriage choose a divorce by mutual consent.
Many Pennsylvania residents are finding that they can file for divorce and get through the process without the expense of hiring a lawyer if they’re filing for an uncontested divorce by mutual consent in the state. That means that, in addition to agreeing on the need for a divorce, they’ve also reached an agreement about all of the legal issues in their divorce, including:
If you still have disagreements with your spouse about these or any other issues involved in ending your marriage, you’ll have to file for a traditional, contested divorce. Because that will involve legal battles and presenting evidence and arguments at court hearings, it would be risky to pursue a contested divorce without a lawyer to navigate the process for you—especially if your spouse has an attorney.
Once 3StepDivorce™ is available in Pennsylvania, you will be able to use it as long as you have an uncontested divorce by mutual consent, and you meet the state’s residency requirement. You’ll need to have a written marital settlement agreement, signed by both you and your spouse, that covers all of the issues in your divorce. Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ will guide you through the process of creating this agreement, based on your answers to the questionnaire.
Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ can also help if you aren’t ready to file for divorce, but you want a separation agreement with your spouse. For instance, you might want to work out arrangements for support, custody of your children, who has to move out of the family home, and how to take care of the bills while you’re separated but still legally married.
Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything in your divorce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try divorce mediation. If you’re able to resolve your disagreements with the mediator’s help, you can then use Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ to prepare the written settlement agreement, along with the other divorce paperwork.
Generally, you can use Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ even when you have minor children with your spouse, as long as you agree on all of the issues related to your kids, including legal and physical custody, a parenting (visitation) schedule, child support, health and dental insurance, and tax deductions. Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ will allow you to address these issues in your settlement agreement. We provide a standard parenting schedule, but you’ll have an option of customizing the schedule to meet your individual needs.
However, you won’t be able to address custody-related issues in your Pennsylvania divorce if the affected child or children don’t meet the “home state” requirement. Usually, that means the child must have lived in Pennsylvania with a parent (or a parent figure) during the entire six-month period before you file for divorce (or since birth if the child is younger than six months old). If you don’t meet the six-month rule, you should speak with an attorney to find out whether you might qualify for one of the complicated exceptions to this rule. (23 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 5402, 5421 (2022).)
In Pennsylvania, both parents have an obligation to support their children. And like all states, Pennsylvania has child support guidelines for calculating how much support the parents should pay, based largely on their incomes and custody arrangements.
3StepDivorce™ provides the Pennsylvania Child Support Guideline Worksheets, so you can easily calculate the state's guideline level of support. You and your spouse may agree to an amount of child support that differs from the guideline amount, but the judge will need to review and approve your agreement. Under Pennsylvania rules, any time the amount of child support departs from the guideline, the judge must find that applying the guideline would be “unjust or inappropriate” under the circumstances. (231 Pa. Code Rule 1910.16-1 (2022).)
In your settlement agreement, you and your spouse may include child support provisions that aren’t legally required, such as a parent’s contributions to private school tuition or the cost of a child’s college education. You may also agree on some specific questions like which parent will claim the children as dependents on tax returns.
After your divorce in Pennsylvania is final, you (or your spouse) may request a change in the amount of child support, but you’ll need to show that there has been a substantial change in your circumstances that would affect the amount of support under the guidelines. The judge will review your request based on the same legal requirements for an original child support order.
If you want to save the time and expense of a court battle over a request to modify child support, you and your spouse may agree to a modification on your own. As a general rule, you should submit your agreement along with a petition to modify support, so that the agreement will become part of an official court order.
You can submit an online request to change your support order with Pennsylvania’s Child Support Program, or you can contact the Domestic Relations Section in your county.
When you fill out your questionnaire for Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™, you’ll answer a series of questions about your separate and marital property and debts, including how you’ll divide your marital property and allocate responsibility for payment of the marital debts.
If you own a home with your spouse, your agreement can spell out what will happen to it when you get divorced. Here again, the questionnaire will include a few questions about the property and how you’ve chosen to deal with it, such as:
selling the house and splitting the proceeds
transferring ownership to one spouse, with the other spouse receiving money or other assets in exchange for that spouse’s share, or
continuing to own the property together while allowing one spouse to stay in the house for a period of time (and, if so, how you’ll handle paying the mortgage and other ongoing costs).
In your Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™, you may also agree on whether and how you’ll divide any retirement accounts that you and your spouse have, including 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and defined-benefit pensions.
If you started contributing to the retirement plan before you were married, you’ll start by figuring out how much of its current value is marital property and how much is your separate property. There are experts and firms that will do this for you (for a fee, of course). The service is usually known as a pension appraisal or valuation. You’ll almost always need this kind of expert help when you’re dealing with a defined-benefit pension.
Once you know the marital value of your work-related retirement accounts, the easiest way to handle the division of the assets is not to split them but to transfer other assets as an offset. Here’s how that works: Say you have a 401(k) through your job, and the marital portion of the account is worth $100,000. If you and your spouse agree to divide that portion down the middle, and you have other marital assets to divide (such as a regular savings account), your spouse could receive an extra $50,000 from those assets while you keep the entire 401(k). That way, you don’t have to hire another expert to prepare the kind of special order that’s needed to tell the 401(k) administrator how to divide the account.
The rules are different for IRAs. You may simply agree to have your spouse’s share transferred to another IRA account in that spouse’s name. (You’ll have to submit a special form to the bank, along with a copy of your divorce decree.)
You and your spouse may waive any right to alimony in your Pennsylvania divorce, or you may agree on the specifics of alimony payments: who will pay, how much, and for how long. Your agreement may also state whether a court could modify alimony at any time in the future, and it could cover related issues like health insurance and life insurance.
When you get your completed forms with Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™, your next step will be to file your divorce papers with the county Prothonotary office. Generally, you’ll file in the county where your spouse (the “defendant”) lives. But you may file in the county where you live if:
your spouse lives out of state
you and your spouse lived as a married couple in the county and you’ve continued to live there
it’s been more than six months since you and your spouse permanently separated
your spouse has agreed to having the divorce in your county.
(23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3104(e) (2022).)
The court fees for filing divorce papers vary from county to county in Pennsylvania, typically ranging from $200 to $300. Check with the Prothonotary’s office in the county where you’ll be filing to find out how much the fee will be and the forms of payment they’ll accept.
You can request a fee waiver by filing a “Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis.” The court will let you know if you qualify based on the information you’ve provided about your income, assets, and debts.
After you’ve filed for an uncontested divorce by mutual consent, Pennsylvania requires a 90-day waiting period before the judge may grant your final divorce. (23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3301(c) (2022).) In practice, your case will take a bit longer than that, because you must wait 90 days before you can file the documents needed to finalize your divorce. After that, a judge will need to review your paperwork before signing your final divorce decree.
Pennsylvania 3StepDivorce™ provides unlimited, live, person-to-person support for customers. If you have any questions about how uncontested divorce works, call our Pennsylvania Divorce Online Help Center at (888) 665-6782 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and so cannot give out legal advice. If you have questions about Pennsylvania law or need legal advice, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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