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Divorce is complicated, emotional and unnerving, and we will meet your needs during this challenging time. Our top priority in these matters is being available to you when you need us. Whether an unexpected issue arises, you receive a communication from your spouse that you need to discuss, you want a case status, or you just need reassurance regarding a particular course of action, we are always a phone call or email away.
Pennsylvania Policy for Divorce
Pennsylvania recognizes that the family is the basic unit in society and the protection and preservation of the family is of paramount public concern. As a result, the Pennsylvania legislature established the following policies regarding divorce:
Requirements for Divorce
In order to file for a divorce in Pennsylvania, three basic requirements must be met:
1. Residency. One or both of the divorcing parties must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 6 months immediately previous to the filing of a divorce complaint.
2. Divorce Grounds. A party must allege and prove grounds upon which the divorce is sought. (See below).
3. Counseling. A party may request counseling or the Court may order counseling, depending on the situation.
Divorce Procedure - Commencement of Action
Once the residency requirement is established, the spouse who is filing for divorce (the plaintiff) must file a divorce complaint to start the process. The divorce complaint can only be filed in the county where:
Pennsylvania Grounds for Divorce
A person who files for divorce must allege and prove sufficient grounds for divorce in order for the Court to consider and ultimately issue a divorce decree. The following are the various grounds for divorce:
Contested Divorce VS. Uncontested Divorce
Complex Does Not Mean Adversarial
Not all divorces are adversarial. Even though divorce may involve complex decisions and determinations involving property rights, it does not mean that the parties to the divorce must fight with each other every step through the process. Complex property issues can be resolved by agreement of the parties just like any other divorce case. Good faith disputes as to the value of an asset or how the assets should be divided are common, and these cases can sometimes be resolved through mediation. If all else fails, then these matters are decided by a court after presentation of evidence and testimony. Whether a case is resolved by agreement, mediation or court intervention, high net worth cases must be diligently prepared by an experienced divorce lawyer.
Other Divorce Related Matters
Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
Parties to a divorce should always hire a divorce lawyer for representation throughout the process, whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. If the divorce is uncontested, it is extremely important for the parties to sign a property settlement agreement, custody agreement, or support agreement. As with any contract, the settlement between the parties should be comprehensive and detailed enough to avoid future misunderstandings or conflict. A divorce lawyer can draft the necessary agreements to make sure that the agreements are legal. For contested divorces, a divorce lawyer can not only help the client navigate through the process and make decisions, but the divorce lawyer can prepare a case for trial to increase the likelihood of success. Divorce lawyers know what evidence needs to be submitted to prove their side of the case.
Many firms offer a “free consultation.” A free consultation sounds good, but a free consultation will not include a detailed, substantive discussion on your particular situation. Over the years, we have found that individuals contemplating divorce or who have been served with a divorce complaint want two things: 1) an honest discussion with an experienced attorney who can provide initial guidance and information that relates specifically to the individual’s situation and 2) an opportunity to meet with and evaluate a divorce lawyer before hiring him or her for representation.
We believe that a reasonable and affordable initial consultation in our office with one of our attorneys is best suited to accomplish your goals. When you call, we will arrange an immediate appointment for you. During this initial consultation, we will:
There is no further obligation unless you want to retain us to assist you. Either way, you will receive valuable information that will help you decide what is best for you. Arrange an appointment today by calling (215) 646-3980.
Our legal team provides individualized legal solutions for our clients by offering high quality legal counsel and representation in diverse areas of law. Our attorneys regularly represent clients throughout Southeast Pennsylvania, including Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County.
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