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Bifurcating a divorce action is possible in Pennsylvania, but it is unusual and never done in a simple, low-cost, uncontested, no-fault divorce. Bifurcation means that there are serious financial issues to be resolved in Court through evidence and testimony in hearings or even a civil trial and those issues and proceedings would be split from the divorce decree so the couple could be formally divorced and resolve the financial issues later and separately. So, bifurcation simply means to split or divide the divorce decree from the financial issues. One party or the other may not like bifurcation as it means that that party could not hold the divorce decree “hostage” in an attempt to get a better deal on the financial issues.