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Divorce Online in Pennsylvania

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The main advantages of online divorce are:

  • There are no unnecessary meetings required. All you need to complete your divorce papers is your PC or smartphone.
  • You can manage your time efficiently, without being dependent on a lawyer's schedule, and work with your documents whenever and wherever is comfortable for you.
  • You can move at your own pace, going back and making changes in your divorce forms if necessary.
  • All the required paperwork can be completed and available to download online in only two business days.
  • The provided state-specific written instructions help avoid mistakes when filing the initial divorce papers with the local court clerk.
  • Low cost, even compared to attorneys' flat-fee pricing options for uncontested cases.

All you need to do to enjoy all these benefits right now is verify you are qualified for online divorce and complete the questionnaire providing your case details.

How to qualify for an online divorce?

All couples pursuing an uncontested divorce can fill out their court forms without an attorney using our online divorce service, regardless of the length of the marriage, the presence or absence of minor children, or marital property.

To qualify for an online divorce, the spouses must file for dissolution with mutual consent and reach an agreement on the essential terms of their divorce, like child custody and child support, alimony, property division, etc.

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Divorce With a Lawyer

Traditional divorce proceedings where spouses hire separate lawyers pursuing a contested divorce.

  • Dependent on a lawyer's schedule
  • High costs. Pennsylvania lawyers charge about $250 per hour
  • Litigation is the most prolonged way to dissolve the marriage
  • Win-at-all-costs lawyers tend to complicate divorce cases causing new conflicts
  • Bitter custody battles are harmful to the spouses' children

Fast, cheap, and easy-to-follow online process focused on uncontested divorces.

  • Everything is completed online from the comfort of your home
  • One cost to access all the documents, no hidden fees
  • Quick paperwork preparation, within two business days
  • Easy-to-use tool, available for all couples seeking an amicable divorce
  • High-quality customer support and comprehensive court filing instructions

DIY divorce

A "pure" do-it-yourself divorce without any assistance is the cheapest but the most challenging route.

  • Lack of knowledge of divorce rules and laws causes mistakes in forms
  • Paperwork can get complicated, so DIY divorces often drag out
  • The high risk of an unfair outcome
  • Refusing qualified help can lead to a contested divorce
  • May result in extra expenses
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File for Divorce Online in Pennsylvania Without a Lawyer


Dissolution of marriage requires many legal forms, depending on the state, county, and each couple's unique circumstances. To complete all the paperwork correctly and know what forms to file at different stages of the process, the spouses can take advantage of our online divorce services and save their time and money.

However, further steps are the parties' responsibility if they do not hire a lawyer.

Filing Process

Any divorce starts with a petition, called the "Complaint" in Pennsylvania. This initial form filled out by the party initiating a legal action (the plaintiff) is designed to inform the court of the person's desire to divorce.

Generally, a petition includes critical information regarding the case, like the date of the marriage and the date the spouses separated, the parties' residences, identification of their children, grounds for divorce, etc.

  • To apply for an uncontested divorce in the State of Pennsylvania, the plaintiff must complete the Divorce Complaint, with the "Notice to Defend and Claim Rights" and the "Verification" attached.
  • Then, they have to take the original and two copies of this form to the Clerk's Office in the county where either of the spouses currently resides.
  • At the moment of filing, the plaintiff pays court filing fees, and the Clerk stamps and dates the papers.

That is how the divorce process officially starts.

The original document stays in the Office while the copies are returned to the applicant, who needs to deliver one of them to the other spouse (called the defendant) within thirty days of the filing date.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce in Pennsylvania


Although DIY divorce is not generally recommended for complex contested cases, couples who do not have disputes over children or property can arrange a divorce without an attorney.

To avoid the risks and pitfalls of a do-it-yourself approach and save money, they may resort to low-cost alternative options, like divorce mediation, counseling, or online divorce.

Using PennsylvaniaOnlineDivorce.com can help you complete all the required divorce forms quickly and correctly so that you can focus your full attention on the divorce process itself.

Do-it-yourself divorce requires the same steps as a legally assisted procedure:

1. Fill out the necessary divorce forms

Pennsylvania initial divorce forms include:

  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Notice to Defend
  • Verification

Affidavit of Consent, Final Praecipe to Transmit Record, ‌and Divorce Decree must be filed later. Other documents that may be required vary by the circumstances of a particular case.

2. File the papers with the court

The plaintiff must file a Complaint for Divorce with the Clerk of Family Court in the county where either spouse resides and pay court fees to start the legal action.

3. Serve the divorce papers on the defendant

Within 30 days after filing the case, the petitioner must serve the respondent with copies of the Notice to Defend, Complaint, and Verification in any of the following ways:

  • By asking a respondent to sign the Acceptance of Service form;
  • By personal service (by the Sheriff, private process service, or any adult person not involved in the case);
  • By certified mail, return receipt requested.

4. Wait 90 days from the date the Complaint was served

Pennsylvania laws require both spouses to wait ninety days from the date the defendant was served before filing their consent forms and the rest of the documents.

5. Once Divorce Decree and any other forms required in a particular case and county are filed with the court, a no-fault divorce can be finalized without court hearings, presuming there are no mistakes in the paperwork.

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Getting a Divorce With Children in Pennsylvania


There are two types of child custody, legal and physical, each of which can be awarded jointly to the parents or solely to one of them:

  • Legal custody refers to the decision-making power of each parent
  • Physical custody determines with whom the child lives and who is responsible for taking care of the child daily.

The divorcing parents of minors can agree on the terms of physical custody, visitation, and decision-making on their own, out of court. Otherwise, the court shall enter a custody order at its discretion, based on the child's best interest.

To determine the custody arrangement that best serves a child's needs in a particular case, a judge considers the following factors:

  • the physical and mental health of both parents and child;
  • each parent's role in the day-to-day care of the child;
  • each parent's role in the day-to-day care of the child;
  • child's preferences, given that a child is mature enough to express them before the court;
  • each parent's willingness and ability to encourage the contact of a child with the other parent;
  • any history of domestic violence and abuse;
  • and other factors that the court may deem to be significant.

In addition, certain Pennsylvania counties may require the divorcing spouses who have minor children to take a Parenting Class and provide the court with a Certificate of Completion.

Residency Requirements in PA

To be eligible to divorce in Pennsylvania, a couple must meet the state residency requirements. According to PA Code, at least one of the spouses must be "a bona fide resident in this Commonwealth" for at least six months before filing the Complaint for Divorce.

If you do not meet these residency requirements, the Court of Common Pleas cannot have jurisdiction over your case and make any judgment.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania

Generally, there are a lot of factors that can affect how long the divorce process takes, including the type of divorce, the time you need to negotiate with your spouse and prepare the necessary court forms, the type of services used, and more.

However, Pennsylvania requires a mandatory 90-day waiting period for all no-fault divorces. This period starts when the plaintiff serves the defendant with copies of paperwork, and only after 90 days have passed can the parties submit their consent forms required to finalize a divorce. The court will need additional time to review all the filed documents and enter a divorce decree.

Fault-based divorces typically take much longer, even though they do not imply a mandatory waiting period. The thing is, a petitioner has to prove fault-based grounds for divorce at a hearing or trial, which makes the length of the process unpredictable.

Thus, the average contested divorce takes between 5 and 12 months in Pennsylvania, while most uncontested divorces can be finalized in about 4-6 months.

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