To obtain a divorce decree in Pennsylvania, a married couple needs to overcome at least one, and usually two, hurdles. First, “grounds” for divorce must be established. Despite this, Pennsylvania allows parties to be divorced on no-fault grounds and most couples utilize the no-fault option. The no-fault divorce option does require the passage of certain time periods, from 90 days to one year, depending on whether both spouses are in agreement that a divorce decree can be entered. Second, if there are financial issues raised by either party, the financial issues need to be resolved before a court will grant a divorce decree. There are exceptions, and a court may “bifurcate”, which means separate the decree from the resolution of the financial issues. The appropriateness of asking the court to birfucate a divorce should be discussed with an attorney.
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