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No-Fault Divorce

Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the...more

Pennsylvania’s Revised No Fault Divorce Code is Now In Effect

The October 2016 revisions to the Pennsylvania Divorce Code regarding no fault divorce are now in effect. Prior to the Divorce Code revisions, a spouse was required to wait two years from the date of separation to request a...more

New state law will cut divorce wait time in half

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The anxiety, acrimony and expense of a no-fault divorce may diminish after a new state law takes effect in December. Act 102, signed by Gov. Wolf earlier this month, rolls back the waiting period for a divorce from two...more

Making The Divorce Process Easier For Victims Of Spousal Abuse

by Cozen O'Connor on

Pennsylvania allows parties to a divorce action to seek both no-fault and fault divorces. While fault remains available, the overwhelming majority of divorces are granted under no-fault grounds. The statutory framework for...more

Untying the knot: It’s time for Pennsylvania to cut the divorce waiting period

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Maximizing the stability of marriage while minimizing the damage of divorce should be the goal of divorce law in Pennsylvania. Sadly, the intent is there, but the effect is not....more

The Ashley Madison Hack — Will It Cause Couples To Divorce?

by Cozen O'Connor on

Everyone is speculating that the Ashley Madison hack will mean an increase in business for divorce lawyers. This remains to be seen. However, the real question is what happens if your name appears on the list of users? And...more

Fault Ground Divorces in Pennsylvania

Although most divorce complaints filed today allege either Section 3301(c), consensual grounds, or 3301(d), the expiration of a statutory two year separation period, as a reason for the parties’ marriage dissolution, a party...more

When Fault Enters a No-Fault Divorce

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This simply means that you don’t need to prove any fault on the part of your spouse as grounds for a divorce. For example you needn't show that your spouse was cheating on you, that your...more

Putting Fault Back into Divorce, the Modern Anti-Cheating Clause

by McManis Faulkner on

As reported in the news, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren might be reconciling. In 2009, the relationship made headlines when the National Enquirer reported that Tiger was cheating. Two days later, the police were called to...more

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