How do you know if your spouse has filed for divorce
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Both of colleagues are correct even though in part their answers seem to conflict. After the new statewide procedure became effective this year, the way that civil filings are displayed on the county online sites differs from county to county. So, you can check the county online docket in a few days and search for your name. If it doesn't show up, it doesn't mean she hasn't filed. It may mean that it's just not on the online docket yet. Regardless, you have to be served with the papers as you've been advised. Also, as an aside, often people say that they're filing on a certain day but that really means they're going to meet with an attorney.
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You can find out through the office of the county court that handles civil filings. In some counties it's called the Prothonotary's office, or the Office of Judicial Support. I was just on the Northampton County court page trying to find it, and it might be the Judicial Support office. Anyway, if that is your county of residence there is a docket search or case search page on the website, and apparently you can still search by party name. (You can still do so in other counties that I've tried just now as well.) So try the online search and if you don't have any luck, call the court and ask them.
In order for the divorce case to really happen, you have to be served with a copy of the divorce complaint within 30 days of its being instituted with the court. So one way or another you will find out.
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Until January of this year, any lawyer could go online or go to the county courthouse and review filings by name. However a new PA confidentiality rule has gone into effect which prevents searching filings by name. Ask her for the docket number. If she has one, that filing can be confirmed. Other than that, you have to be served within 30 days. You should start searching for a lawyer to represent you. Best of luck,
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