Protecting Your Interests When It Matters Most
Divorce is an emotional time, and you may not have the strength to endure a prolonged battle. You may be relieved to learn that it is not always necessary to drag a family through a painful litigation process to reach a resolution. If you and your spouse agree on many of the major issues in question, an experienced lawyer can often assist you in a more peaceful method of divorce that may reduce your stress, limit your legal expense and allow you to begin healing sooner.
Nevertheless, we are not afraid to take your case to the courtroom if it is in your best interests. We have the skill and determination to resolve whatever family law issue you may face by using the most effective means necessary. We have assisted clients in many areas of family law, including:
- Child custody disputes
- Contested and uncontested divorce
- Child support concerns
- Asset division
- Modifications of court orders
Divorce can be complex because it often involves more than one of these issues. We have successfully assisted many clients through the delicate and often frustrating elements that comprise most divorces. We are ready to help you, too.
Your situation may include the question of alimony, or spousal support. Alimony in Pennsylvania is based on numerous factors, including how long you have been married, and the financial situation and earning ability of each spouse. For example, if you have only been married a short time or have an income comparable to that of your spouse, spousal support may not be an issue.
A lower-earning spouse who still has the capacity to earn an adequate living may only require alimony pendente lite, which provides financial support until the completion of asset division. This serves to level the financial resources between you and your spouse. To ensure an equitable settlement, it will be important to take into consideration the confusing, ever-changing tax laws regarding alimony. A skilled attorney will advocate for an agreement that includes the most appropriate conditions for you.
In Pennsylvania, division of assets is referred to as equitable distribution. The purpose is to fairly divide assets, including real estate and all other types of property. Debts which have been accumulated during the marriage must also be factored into this process.
Reach Out For Support
If you are preparing to file for divorce, you want to make sure the decisions made during settlement are fair and balanced. We will work for that purpose. The first step is to contact us for a free initial consultation by calling 814-346-7286 or sending us an email.