Divorce in PA in Limbo After Death of a Spouse

Can you get a divorce after you die?

Or, more specifically, can final judgment of divorce be entered after a spouse’s death, where the divorce action was started while both spouses were alive?

That is the question a Pennsylvania judge is reportedly grappling with.

In the case she is presiding over, a dentist was allegedly murdered the day before he was expected to sign a settlement agreement, following years of hostile litigation. His wife had already signed the agreement.

Interestingly, the judge apparently adopted the only partially-executed settlement agreement.

But the judge is waiting for the parties’ attorneys to furnish applicable legal precedents before deciding whether to grant the divorce.

Read more in this Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.