In Pennsylvania, the divorce process can be time consuming as well as emotionally and physically draining. While divorces already take time to finalize, others are delayed longer than necessary because of the state’s two year waiting period. Fortunately, that could change soon for couples who plan to file for “no fault” divorces based on an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Legislation that has already been passed by the House of Representatives and which is now under consideration by the Senate would reduce the waiting period in “no fault” divorce cases to one year.
If the one year waiting period becomes law, couples will be able to disentangle their lives sooner. A year is plenty of time for a couple to reconcile if they wish to do so. The longer an unhappy couple has to remain married, the greater the level of conflict there is likely to be in their home. Perhaps, most importantly, when divorce cases are resolved quickly, there is less of a psychological impact on the children than there is in cases that take longer to be resolved. The resolution of a divorce case brings stability to the family. Parents know where they will live, when they will have time with their children, and which assets they will have. Children know when they will spend time with each parent, where they will go to school, and other things that establish a sense of security and predictability.
If you are looking to get divorced, or have other family law related questions, be sure to consult with a knowledgeable Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney. The attorneys at Coover & Associates have helped countless Pennsylvania residents with their divorce cases, and they may be able to help you. Call our office today at (717) 761-1274 to schedule a free consultation.