For almost 30 years, Pennsylvania has recognized what is commonly referred to as the 'no-fault' divorce. While one can still file a 'fault-based' divorce complaint, it is far less desirable to do so because of the additional expense involved to prove the allegations contained in the complaint. In a no-fault divorce, the allegation is that "the marriage is irretrievably broken;" i.e., it is not the fault of, and no blame is attributable to, either party.
A no-fault divorce can be obtained in one of two ways:
After one party has filed a Complaint in Divorce and obtained proper service of the Complaint upon the other party, the parties must wait for a minimum of 90 days before they can proceed with the actual divorce. After expiration of the mandatory 90-day waiting period, each party may sign and file the necessary papers to (i) acknowledge his and her consent to the divorce; and (ii) waive notice as to the entry of a decree in divorce. Upon proper request to the Court a divorce decree may be entered at any time thereafter.
Without the Consent of a Party.
What if, after expiration of the mandatory 90-day waiting period, the defendant is unwilling to file his or her consent to a divorce? In that instance, the plaintiff may seek entry of a divorce decree at any time after the parties have been separated for two (2) years; however, all related matters (equitable distribution of marital property, alimony, etc.) must be resolved before a divorce decree can be entered. If the parties have been unable to reach agreement, then the assistance of the court may be sought.
While you may wish to "just get it over with," you could lose valuable rights if you rush entry of a divorce decree. Because divorces are rarely obtained in a vacuum, there are generally other matters ("related matters") which should be raised and resolved between the parties prior to the entry of a divorce decree; e.g.: division of marital property, rights to pension/retirement funds, support for the disadvantaged spouse following divorce, etc.. If such issues are not raised before entry of a divorce decree, your right to raise them EVER is lost!