What Are Fault Grounds In Pennsylvania Divorces?
In Pennsylvania, you have a choice of filing for divorce based on fault or no-fault grounds. While the vast majority of divorces are based on no-fault grounds, there may be times when a fault-based divorce can work to your advantage. For example, if your spouse does not consent to divorce, you would be required to wait two years from your separation date to obtain a no-fault divorce. You could obtain a fault-based divorce 90 days after your separation date.
At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation regarding fault-based and no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania.
What Are Fault Grounds In Pennsylvania?
Since the advent of no-fault divorce, few people file for divorce based on fault grounds in the state, though fault grounds are still available. In Pennsylvania, you can obtain a divorce based on the following fault grounds:
- Desertion for one year or longer
- Indignities that render your condition intolerable
- Cruel and barbarous treatment
- A prison sentence of two or more years
Filing for divorce based on fault grounds can be costly both financially and emotionally. However, sometimes seeking a fault-based divorce is enough to persuade an unreasonable spouse to agree to divorce based on a no-fault ground. Our lawyers never seek to create issues where none exist.