Allentown Divorce Lawyers

Divorce Grounds

Getting married in Pennsylvania is relatively cheap and quick; getting divorced can be costly and time consuming. When a divorce action is filed, the matter is not concluded until grounds have been established, and all economic matters tied to the marriage are resolved.

Grounds for divorce are routinely established through no-fault allegations, citing an irretrievably broken marriage. Fault grounds for divorce, such as adultery, bigamy, and imprisonment of a spouse for two years or more, may also be alleged. However, it is rare for a divorce to be litigated and granted on these grounds as it much easier to achieve no-fault grounds for divorce.

There are two ways to establish no-fault grounds for divorce. Either party may allege the parties have been separated for two consecutive years as of the filing date. If contested, the court will consider many factors in determining separation. These factors include, but are not limited to, the living arrangements of the parties, periods of reconciliation, and the general conduct of the parties relating to the marriage. The second way to establish no-fault grounds for divorce is for both parties to sign and file consent forms acknowledging their consent to the divorce ninety days after either party files for divorce. This is the most common, and amicable, method establishing grounds for divorce.

Divorce may open the door for such contentious matters as division of marital assets, alimony, spousal support, child custody and child support. At Regan Law Firm our talented family law attorneys strive to resolve these matters out of court in an amicable fashion, but, if necessary, we are prepared to take them to trial. Call Regan Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer, at (484) 498-6334.

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