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Divorce laws by state

March 09, 2000

Divorce can be included along with everything else people can do by computer.

Web sites with names like "Divorce Wizards" and "Smartdivorce" offer advice on everything from planning finances to coping with holidays to finding a temporary apartment.

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Some offer "guided tours" of the divorce process and suggest that people can avoid paying attorney's fees by trying a "do-it-yourself" divorce, in which the Web site company will file the paperwork with the courts after the spouse fills it out.

One site, www.divorcesource.com, explains the divorce laws for each state and Canadian province.

Some of the basics:

Maryland




Legal grounds for no-fault divorce: Spouses voluntarily have lived apart for one year without interruption or spouses have lived apart for two years without interruption.

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General grounds: Adultery; deliberate desertion for 12 months; confinement for incurable insanity for at least three years; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor with at least a three-year sentence and after one year has been served; cruel and inhumane treatment.

Distribution: Equitable. Spouses retain separate property and split marital property.

West Virginia




Legal grounds for no-fault divorce: Irreconcilable differences or spouses have lived apart for one year without interruption.

General grounds: Adultery; abandonment for six months; alcoholism and/or drug addiction; confinement for incurable insanity for at least three years; physical abuse or reasonable apprehension of physical abuse of a spouse or a child; conviction of a felony; cruel and inhumane treatment, including false accusations of adultery and homosexuality; willful neglect of a spouse or a child; habitual intemperance (drunkenness).

Distribution: Equitable. Spouses retain separate property and split marital property.

Pennsylvania




Legal grounds for no-fault divorce: Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with spouses living apart for at least two years. If there is irretrievable breakdown and both spouses consent to divorce, there is a 90-day waiting period.

General grounds: Adultery; bigamy; imprisonment for two or more years; confinement for incurable insanity for 18 months; willful desertion for one year; cruel and inhumane treatment endangering the life of the spouse; personal indignities.

Distribution: Equitable. Spouses retain separate property and split marital property.

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