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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Adultery; cruelty orviolence; desertion; insanity; bigamy; conviction of crime.

Residency: Bona fide residency byone party at least 6 months before filing.

Waiting Period: Immediately final,subject to appeal.

No Fault: Irretrievable breakdown;separation.

Defenses: Collusion defense to allgrounds but irretrievably broken marriage; rest abolished.

Code Section: Tit. 23 3101 to 3707;Pa. R. Civ. P. 400; 1920.1-1920.92

Uniform Child Custody Act:1977
Joint Custody:Yes, Tit. 23 5304
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, Tit. 23 5311, 5312
Child's Wishes Considered:No
Code Section:23 5301

Community Property: State Supreme Court held communityproperty law (48-201, et seq.) invalid under state constitution(337 Pa. 581, 55, A.2d 521)


Grounds: Previous marriageundissolved; within consanguinity lines prohibited; lackedcapacity by insanity or did not intend to consent; underage; oneparty is weak-minded or under influence of alcohol or drugs.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Pennsylvaniano longer recognizes status of being illegitimate.

Prohibited Marriages: Betweenancestor and descendant, aunt and nephew, brother and sister,uncle and niece, first cousins.

Code Section: Tit. 23 1304, 3304,5102


American Arbitration Association
Philadelphia Regional Office
230 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4121
Phone: (215)732-5260
Fax: (215)732-5002
Ken Egger, Reg. VP

American Arbitration Association
Pittsburgh Regional Office
4 Gateway Center, Rm. 419
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1207
Phone: (412)261-3617
Fax: (412)261-6055
John F. Schano, Reg. VP

Divorce and Bankruptcy
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
104 South St.
PO Box 1027 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1027
Pennsylvania Bar Institute. 1991. Discusses bankruptcy anddivorce law and legislation in Pennsylvania and the UnitedStates.

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Pennsylvania)
3535 Market St., Rm. 5220
PO Box 8436
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Phone: (215)596-1320

Pennsylvania Bar Association
100 South St.
PO Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone: (717)238-6715
Fax: (717)238-1204

Pennsylvania Bureau of Child SupportEnforcement
Department of Public Welfare
300 N. 2nd St.
PO Box 8018
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: (717)787-3672
Fax: (717)787-9706

Pennsylvania Department of Banking
333 Market St., 16th Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2290
Phone: (717)787-6991
Free: 800-722-2657
Sarah W. Hargrove, Sec. of Banking

Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 S. Mercer St.
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
Phone: (412)656-3100
Responds to public inquiries for birth and death records dated to1906 (Philadelphia County has records from 1860 to 1906,Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, has births from 1893 to 1905, anddeaths from July 1874 to 1907. Contact Register of Wills, CityCounty Bldg., Pittsburgh, PA 15219). Certified copies of birthrecords cost $4 and death records $3. For marriage records,contact registrar of wills of county where license was issued;for divorce records, contact prothonotary of county where divorcedecreed. For all inquiries, enclose stamped, self- addressedenvelope.

Pennsylvania Divorce Code, with Formsand Form Disks
George T. Bisel Co.
710 Washington Sq.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Norman Perlberger. 1992. Revised edition.

Pennsylvania Divorce and DomesticRelations Reporter
LRP Publications
747 Dresher Rd.
Horsham, PA 19044

Pennsylvania Insurance Department
1326 Strawberry Sq.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717)787-5173
Cynthia Maleski, Commnr.

Pennsylvania Marriage, Divorce, Custody,Property, and Support
Harrison Co.
3110 Crossing Park
Norcross, GA 30071
Joseph B. Kelly. 1992.

Self-Help Group Network of thePittsburgh Area
1323 Forbes Ave., Ste. 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412)261-5363
Betty Hepner, Coordinator

S.H.I.N.E. (Self-Help InformationNetwork Exchange Pennsylvania)
c/o Voluntary Action Ctr.
225 N. Washington Ave.
Park Plaza, Lower Level
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (717)961-1234
Gail Bauer, Director

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