How to File For Divorce in Pennsylvania
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- OFFICIAL -

HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN PENNSYLVANIA

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Pennsylvania divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK PENNSYLVANIA DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - The couple should meet together in order to divorce in Pennsylvania without an attorney and fill out the following forms:

  • Civil Cover Sheet
  • Notice to Defend and Claim Rights
  • Complaint
  • Affidavit
  • Court of Common Pleas Intake
  • Notice to File Social Security Numbers
  • Non-Military Affidavit
  • Income and Expense Statement
  • Marital Settlement Agreement (Do not Sign)

You must submit all the forms except the Marital Settlement Agreement and pay the filing fee which can range anywhere from $100 to $300 depending on the county you reside. You will need to file the papers at the Pronotary's office. Get copies of all forms filed as you will need them for the next step.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident for at least 6 months.
  • The only cause for divorce is 'Irretrievable Breakdown'.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Pennsylvania takes a minimum of 4 months

- WAIT 90 DAYS FROM THE DAY OF FILING THE FORMS -

STEP 3 - You will need to meet with your spouse and have the following forms completed and signed in front of a Notary:

  • Acknowledgment
  • Marital Settlement Agreement

You will also have to complete the following forms and sign, but they do not need to be signed in front of a Notary.

  • Affidavit of Consent and Waiver
  • Praecipe to Transmit Record (*Attach this form to the Marital Settlement Agreement)
  • Notice of Intention to Retake Prior Name (*If spouse chooses to revert to prior name)

STEP 4 - For cases where both spouses are in agreement over the divorce you will not need to attend a hearing. Instead, bring the forms from Step 3 and file them with the Prothonotary office. Make sure to bring with you the Divorce Decree (4 copies) and the clerk will guide your through the form. While at the Prothonotary office be sure to pick up the Record of Divorce form.

STEP 5 - Most likely you will not have a hearing and the Judge will send you in the mail your signed Divorce Decree. At this time, your divorce is final in the State of Pennsylvania.

 

 

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