Penn­syl­va­nia short­ens wait­ing pe­riod for no-fault di­vorces

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

HAR­RIS­BURG >> No-fault di­vorce wait­ing pe­ri­ods will be shorter in Penn­syl­va­nia, un­der a newly signed law.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed leg­is­la­tion Wed­nes­day that re­duces the manda­tory sep­a­ra­tion pe­riod to ob­tain a no-fault di­vorce from two years to one year in Penn­syl­va­nia.

The bill’s spon­sor, Rep. Tara Toohil of Luzerne County, says the cou­ple can start di­vid­ing as­sets and de­ter­min­ing whether al­imony is owed af­ter that. It takes ef­fect in 60 days. Toohil says neigh­bor­ing states have wait­ing pe­ri­ods of six months to one year. The bill has the sup­port of the Penn­syl­va­nia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

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