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This is a list of the most commonly filed divorce forms for the state of Pennsylvania. Following the list is a brief summary of each form and its purpose. This list of forms is not exhaustive and not all forms listed are required for every divorce. Due to unique case situations and special divorce filing procedures in Pennsylvania, certain forms may or may not be required by the Pennsylvania courts.

Forms List

  • Civil Cover Sheet
  • Domestic Relations Information Sheet
  • Notice to Defend and Claim Rights
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Affidavit or Verification
  • Court of Common Pleas Intake
  • Domestic Relations Income and Expense Statement
  • Notice to File Social Security Numbers
  • Marital Property Settlement Agreement
  • Acknowledgment(s) (one for each spouse)
  • Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(d) of the Divorce Code.
  • Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code, signed by the Plaintiff, and
  • Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code, signed by the Defendant
  • Affidavit of Consent
  • Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code
  • Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce and Counter affidavit Under 3301 (d) of the Divorce Code
  • Support Guidelines Computations -- Child Support
  • Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree
  • Praecipe to Transmit Record
  • Decree of Divorce
  • Record of Divorce or Annulment
  • Notice of Intention to Retake Prior Name

Civil Cover Sheet

The Civil Cover Sheet identifies the parties and the legal action -- divorce. Completed when the Complaint is filed and assigned a docket number to the action, this form is used in most counties except Philadelphia, which uses a Domestic Relations Information Sheet.

Domestic Relations Information Sheet

In Philadelphia County, the Domestic Relations Information Sheet provides basic information about the spouses and their children, if any.

Notice to Defend and Claim Rights

In most counties, the Notice to Defend and Claim Rights warns the Defendant that a failure to respond means a Default Judgment may be entered against him or her. The Notice is a Summons, and it informs the Defendant that if he or she does not file a claim for alimony, division of property, lawyer's fees or expenses before a divorce or annulment is granted, he or she may lose the right to claim them.

Complaint for Divorce

In most counties this one-page form identifies the parties. The Complaint for Divorce states that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and asks that the marriage be ended under 3301(c) ("mutual consent") or in the alternative 3301(d) ("irretrievable breakdown") of the Divorce Code. In Philadelphia County, the Complaint is much longer and provides more information. In Philadelphia County, the Notice to Defend and Claim Rights is incorporated on the first page of the Complaint in Divorce, so people filing there omit the Notice to Defend and Claim Rights.

Affadavit or Verification

In most counties, an Affadavit, which is stapled to Complaint for Divorce, is used to certify the truth of the Complaint. In Philadelphia, a Verification at the end of the Complaint serves the same function.

Court of Common Pleas Intake

A one-page form, the Court of Common Pleas Intake form, which is not used in Philadelphia County, provides basic information, i.e., if the marriage is with or without children and if there is a custody filing for children under 18.

Domestic Relations Income and Expense Statement

The Domestic Relations Income and Expense Statement, which is not used in Philadelphia County, provides information about spouses' employment, available health insurance and income.

Notice to File Social Security Numbers

The Notice of File Social Security Numbers form provides the Social Security numbers of both spouses.

Marital Property Settlement Agreement

The Marital Property Settlement Agreement spells out the terms and conditions of the division and distribution of the marital estate. Except in Philadelphia County, there is no preapproved, standard form for this agreement, and a lawyer writes one customized to the circumstances of the divorcing couple.

Acknowledgment(s) (one for each spouse)

Both spouses must sign a notarized Acknowledgment that is stapled to the Marital Property Settlement Agreement.

Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(d) of the Divorce Code.

The Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(d) of the Divorce Code is used when the Defendant does not wish to contest the divorce.

Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code, signed by the Plaintiff, and Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code, signed by the Defendant

In Philadelphia County, both the husband and the wife sign a Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of a Divorce Decree instead of the Affidavit(s) of Consent/Consent Waiver(s), when they both agree to waive the notice of intention to request entry of the divorce Decree.

Affidavit of Consent, one signed by each spouse

In all counties except Philadelphia, each spouse must sign an Affidavit of Consent when the husband and the wife agree to the entry of a Decree with Notice of Intention.

Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce under 3301(c) of the Divorce Code

The Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree informs the Defendant that unless he or she answers, an entry of divorce will be made.

Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce and Counteraffidavit Under 3301(d) of the Divorce Code

Filing when the Defendant wishes to contest the divorce, the Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce and Counteraffidavit is used oppose entry of a divorce and/or make claims that may include alimony, division of property, legal fees, expenses or other claims.

Support Guidelines Computations -- Child Support

The Support Guideline Computation - Child Support, a one-page form, is used to make the calculations used to determine child support, if applicable.

Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree

Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree informs the Defendant that unless he or she answers, an entry of divorce will be made.

Praecipe to Transmit Record

The Praecipe to Transmit Record requests that the Prothonotary transmit all the divorce paperwork to the court in preparation for the divorce decree. All counties use the same form except Philadelphia County, which has its own form.

Decree of Divorce

In most counties, the decree, in both contested and uncontested actions, is a one-page statement that ends the marriage. In Philadelphia County, the appropriate divorce decree is obtained from the Court Clerk. There are two kinds used in a 3301 (d) action: one called a "Decree," used for cases without a Marital Property Settlement Order and the other called a "Decree and Order" for cases with a Marital Property Settlement Agreement.

Record of Divorce or Annulment

After the divorce has been granted, the Record of Divorce or Annulment is used to record the divorce for the Vital Records office of the Department of Health. All counties except Philadelphia uses the same form. Philadelphia County has its own form.

Notice of Intention to Retake Prior Name

The Notice of Intention to Retake Prior Name is used when one spouse, usually the wife, wants to reclaim her birth name. This form may be filed with the Praecipe to Transmit Record. It should be filed no later than five days from the entry of the Decree of Divorce.

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