Courts can award alimony in cases where one spouse needs financial assistance to make ends meet during and after the divorce, but it's not automatic. Find out how judges determine whether alimony is appropriate in Pennsylvania divorces.
When a married couple decides to divorce, it can be a difficult and emotionally draining decision. However, in Pennsylvania, the legal process of divorce does not have to be nearly as difficult. Fortunately there is a process available for a “mutual consent divorce” when both spouses are willing to consent to the divorce and agree on all of their divorce-related issues.
Overview of Annulment Like a traditional divorce, an annulment ends a marriage. However, an annulment is a legal proceeding that goes further by declaring a marriage invalid or void through a court order. In some cases, it’s as if the marriage never happened. Some individuals may want an annulment
Pennsylvania courts may order a higher-earning spouse in a divorcing couple to make payments to the lower-earning spouse (the “supported spouse”) when he or she cannot afford to pay for basic expenses. When the supported spouse remarries or begins living with someone else, however, it’s important for the paying spouse to know whether alimony payments should continue.
What are the Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania law recognizes both "fault" and “no-fault” divorces. In a "fault" divorce, one spouse alleges that the other spouse is at fault for the divorce. The “innocent” spouse must show that the “guilty” spouse engaged in some type of misconduct, which led to the divorce.
Grounds for Divorce Pennsylvania recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. Fault grounds include willful desertion, adultery, cruelty, and bigamy. Couples may also file for divorce based on a no-fault ground: the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Division of Property in Pennsylvania When the topic of divorce comes up, one of the first considerations is the division of property. However, before you can “divide” anything, you need to identify, characterize, and value the assets that make up the marital estate. The steps below can help guide you through this process.
In Pennsylvania, you can be single, married, or divorced, but there is no law that allows you to be “legally separated.” When couples decide to separate, however, they face many of the same legal issues divorcing couples do, including how to divide property, cover expenses, and ensure the children continue to spend time with both parents.
In Pennsylvania, both parents must provide financial support to their children at least until the children turn 18 or become emancipated, which means they can support themselves. When parents have divorced, separated, or have never lived together, the parent with more custodial time is generally entitled