A no-fault divorce is the most common type of divorce. No-fault simply means that, under the Divorce Code, a party is not alleging any kind of “fault” for the underlying divorce action. It used to be more common to have fault-based divorces. Fault-based grounds included, among other things, adultery, and cruel treatment of a spouse.
The reason that fault grounds are rarely used any more is that the Divorce Code was modified, and alleging fault doesn’t usually provide a financial benefit. Therefore, most divorces today in Pennsylvania are considered “no-fault” and simply state as the basis that either the parties have been separated for a long time or that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
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