What is "abandonment"?

Pennsylvania requires the party filing the divorce action to state the ground(s) on which they are requesting the divorce — in other words, a reason the marriage should be terminated.  Most divorces in PA are finalized under no-fault grounds. Abandonment, however, is a fault-based means of obtaining a divorce. If your spouse has abandoned the marital home for a year or more, you may have met the requirements to ask for a fault-based divorce.  Even so, you should speak to a qualified attorney about whether pursuing a fault-based divorce makes sense for you.