Kate Gosselin reportedly filed for divorce in Montgomery County and has alleged that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that she and Jon have lived separate and apart for a period of two years. While many people are confused as to why Kate would claim separation for two years, when supposedly she and Jon just split recently.
In Pennsylvania, if you file a divorce complaint and state that the marriage is irretrievably broken, you have two options to get the divorce finalized.
The first option is a mutual consent divorce where the parties can agree after 90 days that the marriage is broken and that they consent to the divorce.
The second option allows a person to get a divorce if two years have passed since the divorce was served on their spouse, even if their spouse doesn’t agree to the divorce. In that instance, the spouse has to take affirmative action to stop the divorce, otherwise the court will grant the divorce even if the other spouse has not voiced consent to the divorce.
The rumor that Jon and Kate will have a large estate to divide may make a two year divorce more likely since courts will generally not grant divorces unless all other issues have been addressed , including dividing the marital estate.
One thing that can be learned from the Jon and Kate divorce is that it is best to consult an attorney so you can make informed legal decisions.
Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC is Schuylkill County’s largest and oldest law firm, and numerous attorneys within the firm handle child custody, legal separations, and the treatment of the marital estate. Located in Pottsville, Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC can handle both simple and complex divorces and are willing to help you through any family law or domestic issues you may have. Our offices locations in Orwigsburg, Shenandoah, Pottsville, and Pine Grove allow us to reach out to all residents of Schuylkill County, as well as to those who live within the surrounding region.
Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC does not represent Jon Gosselin or Kate Gosselin in any legal matter either currently pending or previously pending. Any information provided is not meant to be specific to the Gosselin, Bucks County case, but only seeks to inform residents of Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania of the divorce options available to them and provided by the lawyers of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC