Divorce Lawyers

Representing Divorce Clients Throughout Central Pennsylvania. Including York, Shrewsbury and Mt Wolf.


Shrewsbury Divorce Lawyers Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?

The divorce lawyers at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman are here to make certain your rights are protected during this frequently emotional and combative process. Don’t let your spouse’s counsel take advantage of you. Make certain you have our experienced and aggressive attorneys in your corner. Contact our York divorce attorneys today at 717-846-8846.

What is Divorce?

A divorce is a legal dissolution of a marriage. Completing the process means your marriage is over and you can move on with your life.

Divorce in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a no fault jurisdiction. This means you do not need to prove that your spouse did something wrong. Fault grounds still exist, but generally are avoided. This is because no fault divorces can be less combative and do not require proof of bad behavior on the part of either spouse.

How to Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania

There are two types of no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania. They are:

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The simplest type of marital dissolution is when both spouses consent.

Mutual Consent with Irretrievable Breakdown

In mutual consent, both spouses desire and consent to the end of their marriage.

  • Both spouses agree that the marriage is irreparably broken.
  • 90 days  have passed since the plaintiff filed.

Irretrievable Breakdown – No Mutual Consent

In cases when one spouse desires the end of the marriage, but the other does not, it is appropriate to allege irretrievable breakdown.

  • The spouse seeking the divorce files a complaint, alleging that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
  • The plaintiff spouse swears that the parties have lived apart for at least two years.
  • The defendant spouse, fails to deny the statement of the plaintiff spouse, i.e. that the spouses have been living apart and the marriage is unfixable.


There are a number of acceptable grounds for a fault divorce. They include:

  • Adultery.
  • Abandonment for at least one  year.
  • Cruelty.
  • Defendant spouse is convicted of a crime and imprisoned for at least two years.
  • Defendant spouse engages in conduct which creates an intolerable situation. For example, constant humiliation of plaintiff spouse.
  • Bigamy, in other words, defendant spouse marries someone else while still married to plaintiff.
Who Can Help Me With Getting Divorced?

When you come to our divorce lawyers in Shrewsbury, we will help you through the process of obtaining a divorce. We will sit down with you and discuss your goals and your concerns and let you know what to expect. We cannot overstate the importance of having experienced and qualified representation. You have very specific rights which must be protected. If you are unaware of and unprepared to protect these rights opposing counsel will run right over you. Make certain you have aggressive counsel who will fight for every benefit to which you are entitled.

Contact Our York Divorce Attorneys

At Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, we represent divorce clients in complex cases throughout central, Pennsylvania, including in York, Shrewsbury and Mt Wolf. Contact us today to learn how we will fight to protect you.


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