Kingston, NY asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania

Q: What happens when a spouses Attorney Quits the case prior to finishing the divorce in PA?

I filed for divorce in 2011. Spouse would not sign Divorce Papers. Case was thrown out after 2 years due to inaction. Then, Spouse filed for divorce in 2015. 2 years passed, nothing happened. Spouse filed to Proceed with the Divorce in November 2017. On the last day to file, spouses attorney filed motion to Quit. Spouse no longer has legal representation.

Does the Court Scedule a Date to Proceed, or is the Case thrown out? What happens now?

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Karen Ulmer Pendergast

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  • Langhorne, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: An attorney is not required to obtain a divorce, however, you will need to process paperwork in order to obtain a court date or a final decree as they are not automatically scheduled. If enough time passes, the court may send notice that the case will be dismissed due to inaction unless someone notifies them that it is still pending. Your case will not, however, result in a final divorce unless one of the parties educates themselves on how to process the paperwork or hires a lawyer to assist with it.

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