Divorce is the legal process of ending a marriage. We know the divorce process can be difficult and complicated. Our divorce packets and one-on-one divorce calls are meant to help make the process easier.
First, identify the type of divorce that fits your situation. You can consider these two types of no-fault divorce:
- Mutual consent: Both parties must agree to this type of divorce, which can be finalized after a 90-day waiting period.
- Irretrievable breakdown: Either spouse can ask for a divorce based on irretrievable breakdown, but the divorce can only be finalized after the spouses have been living separate and apart for a year.
Filing for divorce
You can file for divorce in Pennsylvania if either you or your spouse has lived in the state for the last six months. To begin the divorce process, you will need to file a divorce complaint and other forms with the Prothonotary’s office in the county where either spouse lives, or in a county chosen by both parties. Download one of our instructional divorce packets (below), which contain the forms you need as well as in-depth instructions.
Divorce filing fees
There are fees associated with filing a divorce complaint. If you can’t pay them, you can ask the court to waive the fees by filling out a Petition to Proceed in Forma Pauperis. File the completed form with the Prothonotary, and a judge will decide whether you need to pay the filing fee.
We’ve created several packets to help you file different types of divorce in Pennsylvania. Please note: These packets are not meant for divorce cases involving property, support, or custody. Look through the entire packet before completing any forms.
If you have questions or need additional help, call PA Safe Law at 833-727-2335 or contact your local legal assistance office.
Mutual Consent & Irretrievable Breakdown
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This packet provides information and documents for obtaining a simple, no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania.
Personal Injury Presumed Consent
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This packet provides information and documents for obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania if your spouse has been convicted of committing a personal injury crime against you. Possible examples of personal injury crimes include: simple assault, terroristic threats, rape, aggravated assault, and strangulation.
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This packet provides information and documents for obtaining a simple, no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania. You can use this packet if you and your spouse have lived separate and apart for one year or more.