Pennsylvania Divorce Law
Divorce Laws in Pennsylvania
According to Pennsylvania divorce laws, you may request either a no-fault or
fault divorce. The entry of a no fault divorce requires only the statement of
an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. However, the divorce laws in Pennsylvania
require either a mutual consent to such or a two-year separation. Fault grounds
can include “recrimination” (this includes acts such as adultery
or desertion) and “condonation” (meaning the accusing spouse resumes
cohabitation or sexual relations with the other). Additionally, one of the spouses
must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least 6 months prior to having the
right to sue for divorce in Pennsylvania.
Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the
divorce laws in Pennsylvania this means that the marital property must be divided
fairly or equitably, but not necessarily equally, between the parties regardless
of title held. Marital property can be defined as property acquired between
the date of marriage and the date of separation. It shall also include any property
acquired after the date of separation using marital funds or assets.
Alimony is generally not permanent, unless specific circumstances arise, under
Pennsylvania divorce laws. Such relevant economic factors as the length of the
marriage, the parties’ prior living standard, etc. are considered in determining
the amount that should be paid. The court may consider any other factor necessary
to do economic justice between the spouses.
Pennsylvania Child Support and Child Custody
The main focus in determining child custody is the best interest of the children,
according to Pennsylvania divorce law. Under this idea, any custody order is
reviewable as well as changeable if the needs of the child change. “Partial
Custody” can also be awarded under the divorce law in Pennsylvania. This
is basically an overnight visitation.
Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parents income paid to assist
with the support of his children) is determined by the “child support
guidelines” as set forth by divorce law in Pennsylvania. The child support
obligations are based upon the parties’ incomes as well as the number
and type of dependents.