No Fault Divorce – Pennsylvania Law


Image of divorce degree No-Fault Divorce is an easier way to get divorced and the way almost all divorces are handled nowadays.  Your divorce can take less time is less expensive and can be handled without even having to go to court.

In a no-fault divorce, you do not have to prove to the court the reasons for your divorce such as adultery, cruel treatment, personal indignities or other fault-based grounds. Fault grounds are costly, time-consuming and often difficult to prove in court and usually make little or no difference in the outcome of your case.

No-fault divorce is a much easier, faster and cheaper way to get a divorce than in a “fault divorce.” A court grants a no-fault divorce when both parties agree that the marriage is over (irretrievable breakdown).  Almost all divorces granted in Pennsylvania nowadays are no-fault divorces.

What is a No-Fault Divorce?

There are 2 kinds of no-fault divorce:

1.   If both Husband and Wife agree to the divorce, they can obtain a no-fault divorce. After one party files for the divorce and 90 days have passed (less time in some cases) after the complaint is served on the other spouse, each party may file an Affidavit of Consent to divorce. If necessary, you may also work out any property issues you have by agreeing on how you will deal with marital property in a Property Settlement Agreement. The court rules then require you to file a series of legal documents to complete the divorce. This is the fastest way to divorce in Pennsylvania, but it requires the cooperation of both parties.  You will not even have to go to a court hearing!

2. A unilateral No-Fault divorce is an option if your spouse will not consent to the divorce but the parties have been living separate and apart for at least 1 year.  Certain notices are filed with the court and, if your spouse does not object or file any claims with the court, your divorce will be granted.  You may file for the divorce before you have lived separate and apart for the 1-year waiting period but you cannot get the divorce until the 1 year period is over.  You may not be able to get a unilateral divorce if there are issues related to property division. You usually must resolve these issues before a divorce will be granted.

Whether a No-Fault Divorce is right for you can be determined with a quick free telephone consultation with one of our attorneys.  Call today – no fee, no obligation.

No-Fault Divorce Does Not Equal Uncontested Divorce

Seeking a no-fault divorce saves the ordeal and costs associated with proving one party’s wrongdoing. However, a no-fault divorce should not be confused with an uncontested divorce.  Even a generally cooperative divorce often involves some issues upon which the parties do not agree.  You need to contact us to protect your rights and interests and to make sure that you will not have problems down the road.  Both parties’ agreement to get a divorce is not enough to achieve a settle any claims related to money, property or debt. If there is no issues related to money, property or debt then a no-fault divorce can be handled quickly and easily at a very low cost.

*Please note that simple no-fault divorces are appropriate only for those people who have either settled all of their own issues regarding marital assets/debt or have no issues to settle.  If you do not work out these issues prior to obtaining a divorce you will not later be able to go back to court later.

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If a no-fault uncontested divorce works for you, your divorce can often be completed in about 90 days, or less, for a low flat fee.

*We don’t just sell you the forms and a list of instructions. We are Pennsylvania Attorneys that will professionally handle your no-fault divorce for you. Many websites offer a cheap “no-fault divorce package” but you have to

  • complete the forms yourself
  • figure out which forms need to be filed in your particular case
  • figure out when each form needs to be filed (you can’t just file everything at once)
  •  file all documents with the court yourself
  • pay the filing fees yourself (starting at $186 in Allegheny County)
  • …and hope you did it right or you will have to start all over again.

Other websites may be cheaper but they are just selling you the forms and a set of instructions, we handle the process for you correctly and work with you every step of the way.

No-Fault Divorce – Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Law Firm – Steven R. Tabano and Associates

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