How long does a spouse have to be gone for abandonment

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Allison D. Gaffen

Answered On Feb 11, 2013
Desertion is addressed in 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 3301(a)(1): § 3301. Grounds for divorce. (a) Fault.--The court may grant a divorce to the innocent and injured spouse whenever it is judged that the other spouse has: (1) Committed willful and malicious desertion, and absence from the habitation of the injured and innocent spouse, without a reasonable cause, for the period of one or more years. The law can be found in full here: