Out of State Divorce

Divorcing in Pennsylvania When You Live Out of State

Divorce can be made even more difficult when you reside out of state, but your divorce is in Pennsylvania.  We work with you to help make the process manageable.

A divorce should be filed where both spouses reside.  If spouses reside in different states, each can file in their own state if they meet the residency requirement.  Every state can determine what the residency requirement is.  Someone can file for divorce in Pennsylvania if at least one of the spouses has lived in Pennsylvania for at least six months prior to the filing.

If each spouse has satisfied the residency requirement of each separate state, you will each need to consider whether there are financial benefits to filing in one state versus the other.  For instance, while some states divide property between spouses equally, the distribution of property in Pennsylvania is “equitable distribution”.

If you live out of state but your divorce is in the counties in Pennsylvania in which we practice (Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County), we can schedule a meeting with you – either by telephone or video – to talk to you about what to expect during your Pennsylvania divorce.  We will help you feel as connected to the process as you would be if you lived in Pennsylvania, and we will help to make the process more manageable. 


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Our Main Line divorce lawyers have represented hundreds of Montgomery County, Chester County, Bucks County and Delaware County family law clients.   We believe we are different from many other Main Line, Montgomery County family law attorneys and Chester County family law attorneys. 

Our Main Line family law and divorce lawyers can be contacted via emailor please call the Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley at 215-283-5080.