Prior to 1980, a great deal of time was spent determining who was the “innocent” 

spouse and who was the “injured” spouse. Once Pennsylvania implemented the 

Divorce Code in 1980, we became a “no-fault” state. Since then, fault, adultery or 

otherwise, has played a very minimal role in divorces. Consideration of equitable 

distribution of assets is fault free and while one of the factors in determining alimony 

references fault, it is not the most important one and rarely plays much of a role at all. 

Recently, fault in the form of physical abuse has been gaining recognition as a 

consideration, but again, as to the economic actual outcome in its role is minor.

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