What are Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a divorce may be granted for fault if one spouse: (1) committed willful and malicious desertion for one or more years; (2) committed adultery; (3) by cruel ad barbarous treatment, endangered the life or health of the injured and innocent spouse; (4) knowingly entered into a bigamous marriage; (5) has been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of two or more years upon conviction of having committed a crime; (6) has offered such indignities to the innocent and injured spouse as to render that spouse’s condition intolerable and life burdensome. A divorce may also be granted if one spouse is institutionalized for insanity or if the parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken. (Pennsylvania Statutes Title 23, Section 3301)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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