Pennsylvania is one of the few states that still categorizes divorces as either fault or no fault. An at fault divorce places blame squarely on one of the parties, while a no fault divorce places no legal blame on either party. In a no fault divorce, if both spouses agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken, a divorce complaint can be filed and after 90 days the divorce can proceed and become finalized. If one of the parties does not consent, however, the parties must be separated for a period of two years before the divorce can go through.
Dividing a couple's assets during a divorce can often be contentious, but additional complications exist if the parties are one of the over 999,000 small business owners in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, 99.91 percent of businesses in Lackawanna County were small businesses in 2013. Therefore, it is inevitable that divorce will affect some of these people during the course of their business ownership.
Put simply, a postnuptial agreement is a contract between you and your legal spouse. Most Pennsylvanians are familiar with the concept of a prenuptial agreement, which is executed before the wedding ceremony. Prenuptial agreements set forth terms on any matters that concern you and your spouse but often have to do with finances. A postnuptial agreement may be useful for you if something about your situation changes after you are married or difficulties arise that need to be clarified on paper.