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Eligibility for Our PA Divorce Service
Before we dive into the details, let’s talk about eligibility first. To be eligible for a mutual consent or no-fault divorce (commonly called a “simple divorce”):
- at least one spouse must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania for a minimum of six months prior to filing for the divorce (the PA resident must be designated as Plaintiff)
- the couple must have no dependent children or be in mutual agreement with regards to custody and child support
- each party must be in agreement to the divorce with no outstanding issues of assets or debts
- your spouse can’t be an active military member on deployment
If that describes your divorce, you can use our service. However, read through the rest of this post to make sure you’re fully prepared.
Before You Begin
If you’re someone who’s had very little experience with the Courts, you might encounter some unfamiliar terms. Let’s clarify those first.
- File – This means to provide documents to the Court so the Court can enter it on record.
- Service or Serve – This is a term used when you are giving your spouse papers to review, sign, and return in the correct time frame.
- Docket number – This is the tracking or ID number used by the Court to refer to your case.
- Time-stamp date – This is the date the Court issues to tell you when they processed your paperwork.
- Court forms – Often referred to as the “divorce papers,” these are the set of forms required by the County Court to get your divorce on record.
Now, let’s discuss the terms Plaintiff and Defendant. You and your spouse must designate yourselves as the Plaintiff or Defendant, even in a no-fault divorce. How you file has no effect on your legal rights. These are standard terms that Courts use. And don’t worry – this doesn’t imply that one spouse is suing the other.
So, what is the difference between Plaintiff and Defendant? It simply means the Plaintiff takes more of an active role in managing paperwork and has more paperwork to sign.