Generally, a person cannot get divorced in Pennsylvania until all economic claims, such as property distribution and alimony, are resolved. However, a bifurcated divorce action allows the parties to separate the economic claims from the actual divorce, meaning that the divorce can be obtained before the economic claims are resolved. This typically allows the parties to become divorced quicker and can be beneficial because it can allow a party to remarry sooner.
To win a bifurcation case, a party must meet the following three criteria:
1) The grounds for divorce must be established;
2) Compelling circumstances must exist for entry of the divorce decree; and
3) Sufficient economic protections must be provided to the other party while the economic claims remain pending.