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Uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania

Thinking about ending a marriage in PA, couples have two options:

  • Contested divorce. Sometimes, spouses are just unable to make terms and have to involve a third party to help them come to an agreement or simply get what they want out of a marriage dissolution. In this case, a divorce is called contested. This type of legal breakup requires hiring a lawyer so that they can prepare all the necessary forms for you and represent you in court. Therefore, such marriage dissolution can become incredibly expensive as couples engaging in a contested divorce usually pay from $9,500 to $11,500 each to end their marriage. Besides, it takes a lot of time for such cases to be finalized.
  • Uncontested divorce. This option is great for those couples who have already agreed on property division, alimony, or child custody and support and just need their marriage to be over. The biggest advantage of this type of dissolution is that spouses do not need to hire an attorney if they are already in agreement. This way, the couple can cut their expenses and save a lot of time because uncontested divorce is usually finalized as soon as the waiting period in the state is over.

However, even if you and your ex choose the uncontested option, you still have to deal with the great amount of paperwork. If you google all these documents, you will see that there are dozens of them for each specific case. That is why we strongly recommend you not to fill out the docs you find on the Web because you may miss some important papers, choose the outdated forms, or make some mistakes. What we can recommend though is using OnlineDivorcer!

We are the company that has helped thousands of couples to end their marriage quickly and smoothly. Working with us, you will get a full packet of up-to-date divorce forms, which will be filled out with your personal information, and a guarantee that they will be approved by the court.

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Filing for divorce in Pennsylvania without a lawyer

If you decided to file for a dissolution without legal help, follow these steps:

  • First of all, you need to check whether you meet the residency requirements of the state. In PA, either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 6 months before filing.
  • Next, you have to collect and fill in all the mandatory forms.
  • After that, you need to file the paperwork in the court of the county where you reside.
  • Then, serve your spouse. You may file the paperwork by mail if your spouse agrees to sign the Acceptance of Service form.
  • Wait until the clerk forwards your documents to the judge for a review and signs the Final Decree of Divorce.

How to complete do it yourself divorce in Pennsylvania?

Do it yourself divorce in Pennsylvania seems like a good option for those who cannot afford to pay lawyers’ fees. But is it really the best way to get a dissolution? Let’s consider the whole process of do it yourself divorce in PA to answer this question:

  • Make sure that you meet the residency requirements of the county where you want to file and that you are in a full agreement with your spouse.
  • Find your state’s official website and check what information is available on divorce aspects such as filing fees, forms, child custody and support, etc.
  • Search for divorce forms that are required specifically for your case. If you are not sure whether you need some documents you found, read them carefully and check which ones are mandatory and which are optional and why.
  • If you have children, review the state child support requirements to fill in all forms with correct info.
  • Find out whether you need to take up classes for divorcing parents.
  • Collect and fill out all the necessary dissolution forms. Do not forget to google unknown terms or phrases to avoid confusion.
  • Make sure that all of the information you filled out is correct: the court will reject any forms containing errors. You must also be very careful about the forms in which the court clerk or a lawyer has to fill in certain areas.
  • Since you will be representing yourself in court, you will need to find out if there are any particular classes that you need to attend before the trial.
  • Print, sign, and file court papers. Check the section above to learn how to proceed from this point on.

Since the DIY process is rather risky due to the issues with finding forms and filling them out properly, a lot of people eventually choose to order the documents online.

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Pennsylvania divorce forms

There are a lot of forms needed for a divorce to be finalized. We have prepared the list of the most frequently required ones:

  • Notice to Defend and Divorce Complaint
  • Affidavit of Consent
  • Child Support Agreement
  • Self-Represented Party Entry of Appearance

Pennsylvania divorce papers online

In order to get your PA forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file a Divorce Complaint in the court of the county of your residence. The paperwork then has to be served to the spouse by mail or with the help of a sheriff, process server, or an adult family member.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 6 months prior to filing.

Waiting Period

A couple filing for uncontested divorce must wait at least 90 days before the dissolution can be finalized.

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Getting a divorce in Pennsylvania with a child

Having decided to end their marriage, the couple has to decide on such important aspects as child custody and support.

  • Parents are free to draft their own agreement regarding child custody and support which should be later approved by the court.
  • In Pennsylvania, the court is usually inclined to grant the parents shared legal custody. However, the physical one is determined based on the child’s best interests.
  • Sharing physical custody, parents have to create a custody agreement establishing which parent will have physical custody of the child for each day and for a given time. They have to consider each other’s work schedules, houses and school location, etc. They also have to create a separate schedule for holidays, family events, and vacations.
  • Child support in the state of Pennsylvania is paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial one and the sum paid should be calculated using the PA Support Guidelines.


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