Pennsylvania law requires that a party filing for divorce must have been a resident of the state for at least six months before filing. Most other states have some kind of residency requirement, though the specific facts vary from state to state. Also under Pennsylvania law, one or both parties must reside in a county in the Commonwealth or have property there in order to file for divorce in that county. One loophole to this requirement is that the parties can agree in writing to file in another county. However, unlike what might happen in another country, if your spouse attempts to obtain a divorce in Pennsylvania, they will be required to prove that they served you based on the rules of procedure or that they received permission from the court to serve you in an alternative manner, so there is no way that they will be able to obtain an divorce without your knowledge in Pennsylvania.
If you have more questions about the ins and outs of obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania, contact our Pittsburgh Office today!