The person filing for divorce must prove at a hearing that they are innocent of wrongdoing and that the spouse is at fault. The spouse is at fault if they have committed adultery, endangered the plaintiff’s life, abandoned the plaintiff for at least one year, have been sentenced to imprisonment for at least two years, or have “offered indignities to” (mistreated to a point of embarrassment, shame, humiliation) the one asking for the divorce. This has been known to be challanging to prove. 23 Pa Code § 3301
The plaintiff may file for divorce from a spouse who has been in a mental hospital for the last 18 months due to insanity or another serious mental disorder and is expected to remain institutionalized for 18 more months. Statute 23 PA Code § 3301 (b)
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