Do I Need to Wait One-Year Before I Can be Officially Divorced?

Divorce Waiting Period in PA

Divorce Waiting Period in PA

I recently spoke to a client on the phone about his divorce, and he asked me “Do I really need to wait one-year before I can be officially divorced?” I hesitated before giving him an answer that lawyers are notoriously known for: It depends.  Pennsylvania is a no-fault state which means neither spouse needs to prove “fault” or marital misconduct on the part of the other.  To obtain a divorce, a spouse must merely assert incompatibility or irreconcilable differences, meaning the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  However, grounds for a no-fault divorce must still be established.

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