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.
GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE
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)
ANNULMENT AND PROHIBITEDMARRIAGE
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
Ken Egger, Reg. VP
American Arbitration Association
Pittsburgh Regional Office
4 Gateway Center, Rm. 419
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1207
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
Pennsylvania Bar Association
100 South St.
PO Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Pennsylvania Bureau of Child SupportEnforcement
Department of Public Welfare
300 N. 2nd St.
PO Box 8018
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Pennsylvania Department of Banking
333 Market St., 16th Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2290
Sarah W. Hargrove, Sec. of Banking
Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 S. Mercer St.
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
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
747 Dresher Rd.
Horsham, PA 19044
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
1326 Strawberry Sq.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Cynthia Maleski, Commnr.
Pennsylvania Marriage, Divorce, Custody,Property, and Support
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
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
Gail Bauer, Director
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