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What common factors trigger a divorce in Pennsylvania?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, residents are aware of the high rate of divorce in their city and across the state. The end of a marriage could come, even after a long period of reconciliation and counseling in an attempt to fix the marriage. However, some marriages are not meant to last, and, sometimes, it is best if both parties move on separate paths for the sake of the children and themselves. If you have been considering a divorce for any length of time, you should be aware of the grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania.

For fault-based grounds for divorce, a judge can grant a request for divorce, if a spouse has abandoned a spouse and children for more than a year, if a spouse has committed adultery, if a spouse married without divorcing a former spouse, if a spouse has been jailed for more than two years, if a spouse has experienced maltreatment or domestic violence or if a spouse had made your life extremely difficult.

For no-fault based grounds for divorce, the court can grant a request for divorce if a spouse has been deemed mentally ill or has been confined to an institution, if spouses mutually consent to the divorce or both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken and can no longer be fixed.

Whatever the reason, divorce is a legal process which requires specific procedures, documentation and filings with the court. Divorce papers must be sent with copies to a spouse. The other party must respond to the divorce filing within a certain period of time. The length of time it takes to finalize a divorce depends on a couple's situation. If both parties cooperate, it is highly likely that the divorce will be granted swiftly.

Source: Womenslaw.org, "Divorce," accessed on Oct. 16, 2014

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