King of Prussia, PA–July 24, 2017- Wayne family law attorney Lydia Terrill served as a speaker in a session titled “Baby Boomer Divorce Issues” at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Summer Meeting. The panel also included PBA President Sara A. Austin, Esquire, Jeremiah W. Doyle, Esquire, and Quintina M. Laudermilch, Esquire.
The waiting period to move forward with a unilateral no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania when one party does not consent to the divorce has been reduced from two years to one year. This new law went into effect December 3, 2016. Act 102, signed into law by Governor Wolf on October 4, 2016, amends 23 Pa.C.S. § 3301(d), which previously required the parties to live separate and apart for two years before moving forward with a divorce when one spouse does not consent. Now, parties will only need to live separate and apart for one year to obtain a divorce under 3301(d). When both parties consent to a divorce, they may still obtain a divorce on no-fault grounds under 23 Pa. C.S. 3301(c), which requires only a 90 day waiting period.