Filling out our online Pennsylvania Divorce Questionnaire is free, and there is no time limit. You may save your answers and return as often as you like. After you finish, you can decide whether or not to purchase.
We know that divorce can be difficult and expensive. The least expensive way to get a divorce in Pennsylvania is an “uncontested divorce”. If you and your spouse can agree on property division and all child related issues, you can file for a Pennsylvania uncontested divorce.
Pennsylvania Divorce Requirements
Pennsylvania requires that one party be a resident of Pennsylvania for 6 months and a resident of the county for 3 months where the divorce is filed. There is a 6 month waiting period before the divorce becomes final.
The first step in the divorce process is filing a Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage.
Do you qualify for a Summary Dissolution of Marriage in Pennsylvania? You must meet the following requirements:
You and your spouse:
- have been married less than 5 years on the date you file your Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage;
- have no children together that were adopted or born before or during the marriage (and the wife is not pregnant now);
- do not own or have an interest in any real estate (house, condominium, rental property, land, or a 1-year lease or option to buy);
- do not owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired since the date of your marriage (do not count auto loans);
- have less than $38,000 worth of property acquired during the marriage (do not count money you owe on the property or auto loans);
- do not have separate property worth more than $38,000 (do not count money you owe on the property or auto loans);
- agree that neither spouse will ever get spousal support;
- must both sign the Joint Petition and pay the court filing fees or get a fee waiver;
- have signed an agreement that divides your property and debts before filing the Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage; AND
- at least one spouse has lived in Pennsylvania for the last 6 months and in the county where you plan to file for the last 3 months.
If you do not meet these requirements you must file for a regular divorce.
If you and your spouse can agree on all of the terms of your divorce, you can secure a “regular divorce” if you do not qualify for a divorce by summary dissolution. In this case, you have an “uncontested divorce.”
If you and your spouse can agree about how to handle money, property, and parenting, you have an “uncontested case.” You also have an uncontested case if your spouse will probably not file any forms in court disagreeing with your requests. If your spouse fails to file a Response in the case (defaults), your case can be completed as an uncontested case even if you and your spouse do not agree on everything.
Most uncontested cases can be handled by mail and brief contacts with a judge. You may not have to see the judge at all.
Your first step is filing your complaint with the Court in the county where you live. You can complete your documents using the automated forms within this web site, for either a Summary Dissolution or a regular divorce.
After processing at the courthouse, the Original Petition for Divorce must be delivered to your spouse. The most common means of delivery is by having a Sheriff, Constable, or private process server hand your spouse the petition and a Citation. The other alternative which is often used in no-fault divorces, is the waiver of service of process by your spouse. Waiver of service simplifies the divorce proceeding. Your divorce papers include forms that enable your spouse to waive service of process.