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Pennsylvania Shortens Waiting Period For No-Fault Divorces

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — No-fault divorce waiting periods will be shorter in Pennsylvania, under a newly signed law.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Wednesday that reduces the mandatory separation period to obtain a no-fault divorce from two years to one year in Pennsylvania.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tara Toohil of Luzerne County, says the couple can start dividing assets and determining whether alimony is owed after that.

It takes effect in 60 days.

Toohil says neighboring states have waiting periods of six months to one year. The bill has the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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