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As the health and safety of our clients and their families is our top priority, we are asking that our clients follow the procedures below during the yellow phase:

  1. Upon entering the building, we ask that all persons wash their hands or hand-sanitize. We will be providing access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  2. We will also be taking temperatures with non-contact thermometers upon entering the office.
  3. Our office is set-up to comply with social distancing of six feet. In the conference and mediation rooms we are asking that each person sit a minimum of one chair apart from attorneys and/or staff at all times.
  4. Masks are available and will be provided open request.
  5. Teleconferences Zoom meetings, and FaceTime are available in lieu of inperson meetings if requested.
  6. We will continue to have the drop-box available for delivery of documents.

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As each county determines the procedures that will be followed, please ask your attorney of the specific procedures regarding the county in which your case in pending.

Please note that we will also continue to accommodate the needs of new clients, who are welcome, and as always we encourage and appreciate referrals. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, please stay safe and remember that Sweeney Law Office, LLC will remain by your side for all of your family’s legal needs. We ask that you have patience during this challenging time.

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Fault Divorce

Grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania the spouse filing for divorce must state a ground for divorce in the divorce complaint. The divorce complaint is the initial document filed in the courts by one party. Grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania can be either no-fault or Fault-based. Fault-based divorce in Pennsylvania is awarded to the “innocent and injured spouse.”

Some grounds for a Fault-based divorce in Pennsylvania include when a spouse has:

  • willfully deserted the marriage for a period greater than 1 year
  • committed adultery
  • endangered the life or health of the other spouse
  • entered into a bigamous marriage
  • been sentenced to prison for two or more years
  • offered such indignities to the innocent spouse as to render that spouse’s condition and intolerable and life burdensome
  • been institutionalized for reasons of insanity

Even though one spouse may be at fault, they may have reasons or defenses to the behavior. Common defenses used in these situations are provocation, condonation and insanity. Most divorces in Pennsylvania are filed as no-fault because of the emotional battle that often arises with the filing of a Fault-based divorce. The grounds of a divorce have little to do with the distribution of property and alimony.

If you have questions about filing for a divorce in Allegheny County, Butler County, Beaver County, Westmoreland County, Lawrence County or the surrounding areas, whether a no-fault or fault divorce, please contact Attorney Mildred B. Sweeney to discuss your options. Attorney Sweeney has vast experience in the matters of equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation.

Call us today at 724-742-2590 to set up a consultation. You will always speak and deal directly with Attorney Sweeney.

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