Divorce is a complicated process that can be full of frustrating delays and unpleasant surprises. An idea of what is going to happen as the divorce process unfolds can make an uncomfortable time a little more predictable. Understanding the technical process from beginning to end will help you prepare for the steps ahead.

It’s hard to say how long all these steps will take in your case. The entire process can last from as little as a few months, to as long as two years or more. Generally speaking, the more the couple can cooperate and agree to reasonable compromises, the smoother and faster the divorce will go. The lawyer you retain will be assisting you with the procedural requirements and deadlines. Understanding the process may help you reduce anxiety and stress.

In order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, you or your spouse must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least six (6) months prior to the filing of the Divorce Complaint. If you meet the 6-month requirement, you may then file within the county where you or your spouse resides.