West Chester PA family lawyer, Joshua A. Janis is a member of Ciccarelli Law Offices, which is located in Chester County Pennsylvania and represents divorce, custody, support and family law clients in Exton, Kennett Square, Downingtown, Phoenixville, Malvern, Coatesville, West Grove, Avondale, Oxford, Landenberg, Westtown, Parkesburg, Honey Brook and Glenmore. Ciccarelli Law Offices also serves the five county Philadelphia area, including Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, and Montgomery counties and has locations to meet you in Springfield, Wayne, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Center City Philadelphia, and Lancaster. Disclaimer. Learn more by contacting Ciccarelli Law Offices.
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Divorce for Cause in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania the spouse filing for divorce must state a ground for divorce in the divorce complaint. The divorce complaint is the initial document filed in the courts by one party. Grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania can be either no-fault or Fault-based. Fault-based divorce in Pennsylvania is awarded to the "innocent and injured spouse."
Some grounds for a Fault-based divorce in Pennsylvania include when a spouse has:
* willfully deserted the marriage for a period greater than 1 year
* committed adultery
* endangered the life or health of the other spouse
* entered into a bigamous marriage
* been sentenced to prison for two or more years
* offered such indignities to the innocent spouse as to render life intolerable and burdensome
* been institutionalized for reasons of insanity
Even though one spouse may be at fault, they may have reasons or defenses to the behavior. Common defenses used in these situations are provocation, condonation and insanity. Most divorces in Pennsylvania are filed as no-fault because of the emotional battle that often arises with the filing of a Fault-based divorce. The grounds of a divorce have little to do with the distribution of property and alimony.
If you have questions about filing for a divorce, whether a no-fault or fault divorce, please contact Attorney Joshua A. Janis to discuss your options. Attorney Janis has vast experience in the matters of equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation. Contact Chester County PA Divorce Attorney Joshua Janis to discuss your divorce issue at (610) 692-8700.
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