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Self-Help Divorce Forms

If you want to file for divorce in Philadelphia County, forms that you will use for each step of the process are available from The Philadelphia Courts website. Here's how you access them:

  • Visit the Court of Common Pleas, Family Division - Domestic Relations webpage.
  • Scroll down and click on "Forms".
  • Click on "Divorce".

See also the 2-page "Divorce in Philadelphia County" brochure.

"Fault" Divorce & Additional Resources

For more complicated divorce matters, including obtaining a divorce on "fault" grounds, you should consult an attorney to determine which forms and procedures will apply to your specific situation. The Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice manual includes a chapter on Divorce Practice, which can serve as a starting point for researching a divorce on "fault" grounds in Philadelphia.

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania has a Representing Yourself - Divorce Proceedings page with select forms and links to county court websites. Most of the forms provided relate to no-fault divorces.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association publishes a basic FAQ pamphlet on Divorce and Separation.

For the text of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, see Title 23, Part IV of the Pennsylvania Statutes. These statutes are available through the Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes, which you can also find annotated in print at Jenkins or though other sources as noted in our Pennsylvania Statutes guide.

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