A few months ago, we posted about the proposed change to the waiting period for no-fault divorces in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the state legislature was debating whether to shorten the waiting period for contested no-fault divorces in Pennsylvania from two years to one year. Recently, a bill reflecting this change in the law passed the Pennsylvania State House. This law was passed as House Bill 380 and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on October 4, 2016. This law will go into effect in sixty days (December 4, 2016).
Divorce can be a long and time consuming process that is not for the faint of heart. However, a recent bill proposed before the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee could result in a substantial decrease in the time, cost and headache of divorce proceedings in Pennsylvania. This bill, proposed by a Representative from Luzerne County and supported by members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, would reduce the current two-year waiting period under Pennsylvania's no-fault divorce law to one year.