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FAMILY LAW - DIVORCE LITIGATION

Divorce is never easy, but our experienced divorce attorneys will guide you through the entire divorce process. We help you every step, from the initial filing to the final decree. Along the way, we answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you options that will allow you to meet your goals.

We provide knowledgeable, fast, efficient and cost-effective assistance in related divorce matters including:

  • Alternative dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration and collaborative law)
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Child visitation
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Disbursement of property, including complex assets

Pennsylvania has three options for the dissolution of marriage:

No-fault divorce
: You don't need a reason to divorce if either of these situations applies:

  • Your spouse consents to the divorce. You both sign an affidavit stating that you agree to dissolve the marriage. The request is granted after a 90-day 'cooling off' period offered for potential reconciliation.
  • If you have been separated for two years, a unilateral divorce can be obtained, even if the other person will not consent. As soon as all the paperwork is filed, you can be divorced (unless there are contested issues that are unresolved).

Fault-based divorce: Results when the other spouse will not consent to end the marriage and you are unwilling to wait for the two year separation. You must prove the other spouse is at fault for the marriage failing, and that you are an innocent and injured spouse. There are seven grounds for fault divorce that are recognized by the court: desertion, cruel and barbarous treatment, bigamy, indignities (poor treatment), imprisonment, insanity, and adultery. This can take from 6 months to 2 years.

Annulment
: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can annul a marriage. You must prove that you were married under false pretenses, that you were unable to give consent at the time of the marriage, or that the marriage was illegal. No waiting period nor consent is necessary for annulment. A church annulment is not legally recognized.

When amicable dissolution of marriage is not achievable, divorce litigation becomes necessary. Litigation takes much preparation, and we work hard to secure relevant documentation to assist in our aggressive support of our client's position.

You likely have many questions about the ways you will be affected in the ensuing weeks and months after the divorce process begins. Some questions you might have include:

  • Who will live in the marital home?
  • Who will pay for life and/or health insurance?
  • How will I pay my bills during the divorce proceedings and after it is over?
  • How will my children be affected by the process?
  • Will I get what I want in the divorce?
  • Who gets what?

Contact us today and we can begin answering any questions you may have about divorce and divorce litigation.

JOE MCINTOSH, ESQUIRE
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Media, PA 19063
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