Can either spouse prevent the entry of a PA divorce decree?

In some situations, the spouse that does not consent to the entry of a PA divorce decree can stall the entry of the divorce decree for up to one year from the date of separation of the parties. Some people term this a contested divorce. However, after the expiration of one year from the date of separation, either spouse can proceed to obtain the Pennsylvania divorce decree. Please be advised that Allegheny County family division and some of the other local county family courts will not permit the parties to proceed through the courts for equitable distribution of the marital assets and debts until the parties have been separated for two years and the divorce decree is ready to be finalized if either spouse has chosen to delay entry of the decree.

There are numerous different strategies to consider when deciding whether or not to file a divorce complaint in Pennsylvania as well as whether it is advisable to consent or contest the entry of the divorce decree.  Contact our Pittsburgh divorce lawyers to learn the best divorce strategy for your case.

Our lawyers accept family law cases in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Armstrong County (Kittanning), Beaver County, Berks County, Butler County, Clearfield County, Somerset County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County (Greensburg). Our attorneys accept Pennsylvania family law cases from other Pennsylvania counties including Clarion County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County (New Castle), Mercer County, and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.

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The statements in this section are based on Pennsylvania law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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