Citing Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania

Citing Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania

Divorce proceedings can often be a very difficult and emotionally taxing experience. In the state of Pennsylvania, spouses must complete several requirements before the may begin the process of divorcing. One of the first steps they must take is to cite grounds for their divorce. While many people believe divorces only happen if one spouse is “at fault” for the end of the marriage, this is not always true. In the state of Pennsylvania, spouses may cite either fault or no-fault grounds for their divorce.

Fault Grounds

When the process of a divorce begins, spouses have the right to cite fault grounds. When a spouse cites fault grounds in a divorce, it means the other spouse is the reason for the end of their marriage. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are several grounds to choose from when citing fault grounds. This can include:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Non-support
  • Bigamy
  • Imprisonment of 2 or more years
  • Gross habits of intoxication
  • Cruel and abusive treatment

Many spouses are often unsure about citing fault grounds in a divorce. This is because of the possibility of divorce through trial in addition to creating more problems with their spouse. When one individual cites fault grounds, the other spouse can answer the accusation. This has the potential to lead to more legal issues between the spouses. It is also a common misconception that when fault grounds is cited, it will affect the outcome of the divorce. However, fault grounds typically do not have an impact on the outcome of a spouse’s marital issues in a divorce.

No-Fault Grounds

When no-fault grounds is cited in a divorce, it means neither spouse wishes to hold the other responsible for the end of their marriage. In the event of this, the divorce proceedings may begin and spouses can begin to settle marital issues. No-fault grounds in a divorce is also known as an “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage.” This requires spouses to come to an agreement on all marital assets before they may file for divorce. These issues may include child custody, child support, parenting time, alimony, and the division of assets. In this case, the couple has the opportunity to decide the method they wish to use to divorce. Different methods consist of mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorce, or private discussions. In the event that they do not agree on the terms of their divorce, they may find themselves involved in a contested divorce situation.

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If you or someone you know is going through a divorce and wishes to speak with an experienced attorney, contact Anderson, Converse & Fennick today.

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