To file a divorce in Pennsylvania, our law requires that at least one of the parties be actually living in Pennsylvania (and doing so for every day of at least the last six months). Obviously, it is fine if both parties reside here, but if only one does, that is fine too. Moreover, if only one spouse is in Pennsylvania, that spouse OR the one residing outside of Pennsylvania may be the party who files the divorce.
So, if you both want a low-cost, simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce and one of you is a Pennsylvania resident but other, for example, is living in England or Brazil or Uzbekistan (or any where else on earth) and you both are and remain available and cooperative (and reachable by ordinary mail – original signatures will be required), either one of you could be my client for my divorce law practice.
I have been handling low-cost, simple, uncontested, no-fault divorces since Pennsylvania’s no-fault divorce law went into effect in June of 1980 and have had clients and spouses in all fifty of our states, in most if not all U.S. territories and scores of countries around the globe… as long as one of the two parties in the divorce was here in Pennsylvania.
It is true that when one party is some distance away, it may take time to send and receive the required signed documents, but the process remains as simple as if both parties were one day’s mail away. When distance is a problem or if someone is in a particular rush, I am sometimes asked about emailing signed documents. Sorry, but our Courts still require original signatures with live ink. Electronic signatures of any type, FAX, email, online etc., are ineffective and will not be accepted by the Court.
The long and short of it is, as long as one of you is here in Pennsylvania, it does not matter where the other spouse resides as long both people are and remain available and cooperative, a low-cost, simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce is available to you.