Divorce has been described as one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, comparable to the death of a spouse. A Divorce lawyer must strike a balance between the desire to avoid further stress, and the need to make certain that their client’s rights are respected. What Kind of Lawyer Do You Want in a Divorce case?
In Pennsylvania, the grounds for divorce are almost always found under the no-fault law. This allows a divorce to be granted on grounds that the marriage is irrevocably broken. This can be done by mutual consent, or, after a two year separation, at the request of either spouse. There is no separate procedure for legal separation, other than through a Protection From Abuse Petition.
Annulment of a marriage is possible in Pennsylvania, however the grounds are very limited.
Contested Divorce cases are usually about economic issues: Division of Property, or Alimony. Often, these issues can be settled, though a property settlement agreement, or through a mediation process. If no settlement is reached, the case will be heard, either directly by a Judge, or (as is the case in Blair County) a hearing will be held before a Divorce Master.
Although questions of child custody and child support are often raised at the time of a Divorce or Separation, they are normally handled through separate legal procedures.
If you need advice about your rights in a divorce, or are involved in a divorce proceeding, please contact my office: