The Definitive and Essential Legal Guide. Effective December 5th,Section d of the PA Divorce Code was amended in an effort to enable spouses to divorce after a 1-year wait period instead of 2 years. The intention behind the change is to reduce the conflict and financial burden often incurred with a 2-year rule. Prior to Decembera spouse was able to delay a divorce filing for up to 2 years.
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Pennsylvania is not only a mixed state where spouses can file fault and no-fault divorces, but it is also one of the states that frowns upon adultery. Not all states care about infidelity, but Pennsylvania does. Meaning, if a spouse has sexual intercourse with another person, who is not their spouse during their marriage, the infidelity can impact the outcome of their divorce, specifically in regards to spousal support and alimony. Pennsylvania recently changed the separation period from two years down to one — the time period spouses have to wait before they can file for divorce.
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