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Pennsylvania Legislature Debates Reducing the Waiting Period in No-Fault Divorces

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.

Pope Francis Relaxes Catholic Church Rules for Annulments

Often the family law industry finds itself at offs with the Catholic Church, which has historically required a several step process and steep fees to have the dissolution of a marriage spiritually recognized by an annulment. Under Catholic doctrine, a marriage will not be formally recognized by the church as ended unless the parties seek an annulment. This would prevent either husband or wife from remarrying in the Church among other things and placed a large barrier in the way of the nearly 28,000 American couples who sought divorce last year. Though the Catholic Church still does not formally recognize divorce without a formal Catholic annulment, Pope Francis announced this week that he hopes to simplify and streamline the process allowing the more than 28% of Catholics whose marriages end in divorce to breathe a bit easier and putting a bit less strain on their pocketbooks as well.