Divorce is the legal process of ending a marriage. This section provides information and sample documents for obtaining a “no-fault, no asset” divorce based on mutual consent and/or irretrievable breakdown.
Mutual Consent Divorce: This type of divorce is generally faster, but both parties must want the divorce and work together to finalize it.
Irretrievable Breakdown: A divorce based on irretrievable breakdown can be obtained by either person alone, but only after the parties have been living separate and apart for a set period of time.
How Do I Get a Divorce?
To begin the divorce process, you will need to file a Divorce Complaint and supporting documents with the Prothonotary’s office in the county where either spouse lives, or a county chosen by both parties. In addition, either your or your spouse must have lived in Pennsylvania for at least six months. Our instructional divorce packet contains the forms that you will need as well as in-depth instructions.
Please note, there is a fee to file a divorce complaint. If you cannot pay this fee you can request a waiver of fees by filling out a Petition to Proceed in Forma Pauperis. You will need to file the completed form with the Prothonotary who will provide it to a judge to review and make a decision on your request.
If you are seeking a divorce and would require property or money to be divided or for more information about the divorce process and the required forms please contact one of our attorneys.
Instructional Divorce Packet
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This packet includes instructions on how to file a no-fault divorce and the forms needed to file for a divorce with the Prothonotary’s office. All of the forms included in this packet can also be downloaded individually below.