Guiding You Through The Divorce Process

In Pennsylvania, an individual may file for either a no-fault or fault divorce. Specifics related to the requirements, procedures and timeframe of your divorce are largely determined by the grounds cited in a divorce filing.

Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, represents individuals who are seeking both no-fault and fault divorces. With nearly 30 years of experience helping individuals in Norristown and Montgomery County successfully divorce, she understands what's at stake and how to obtain the results that clients want.

Getting Divorced In Pennsylvania — What You Need To Know

Many people are surprised to learn just how complex and confusing the divorce process can be and also how mistakes made at any point can negatively impact their ability to achieve favorable outcomes.

The majority of divorces in Pennsylvania are no-fault, meaning that the filing spouse admits that the divorce is not the other spouse's fault. When seeking a no-fault divorce, you may cite one of the following three grounds:

  1. Mutual consent — Both spouses agree to a divorce and also that a marriage cannot be saved. Provided that divorcing spouses are able to finalize a divorce agreement outside of court, a final divorce decree may be issued within 90 days of an initial divorce filing.
  2. Irretrievable breakdown — Both spouses agree that a marriage cannot be fixed and spouses have lived about for at least 12 months. Once these requirements are met, a couple can move forward with divorce-related proceedings.
  3. Institutionalization — This specific ground for divorce can be granted without a court hearing and is reserved for cases in which a spouse has resided in a mental institution for at least 18 months prior to a filing and is expected to continue to reside there for more than 18 months post-divorce.

Less common, are fault-based divorces the grounds for which include:

  1. Adultery
  2. Abandonment for a period of at least 12 months
  3. Imprisonment for at least 24 months
  4. Cruel treatment, which includes acts of domestic violence
  5. Bigamy
  6. Spouse's actions or activities have made life unbearable

Whatever your specific circumstances, you need an attorney who is experienced, knowledgeable and who has a proven track-record of helping clients obtain favorable results in their divorce cases.

If you are facing a divorce and need an experienced and knowledgeable divorce lawyer, call Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, at 610-879-8473 or contact us through our website.