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Family Law Services
Divorce Representation & Services
We understand that a divorce can bring stress and anxiety from every angle. The emotional toll alone can be devastating and there are also a myriad of financial and legal issues to work through. There are two types of divorce under Pennsylvania law; fault and no-fault divorce. In a no-fault divorce where both parties agree to the divorce, the divorce can be completed as soon as 90 days after the initial filing. In a fault-based divorce, one spouse needs to prove that there are fault-based grounds for divorce. Regardless of whether you are looking at filing a fault or no-fault divorce, we help you work through your case and fight for the best legal outcomes.
Asset Division & Distribution
One of the more complicated pieces of divorce is determining how to divide and distribute the assets accumulated during the marriage. When dividing assets after a divorce, there is no hard and fast formula that applies to every situation. If needed, we can utilize experts in a wide range of fields including accounting, financial advisors, real estate and business valuations to assist clients in resolving their complex cases. More often than not, the division of the house, money, retirement accounts, savings accounts and other possessions is determined by an agreement reached with you and your spouse.
Child Custody & Parental Rights
One of the most important issues to settle between separating parents is how much time each parent will spend with the children and where they will live. Many couples feel they simply cannot come to an agreement and that it would be better for the family court to determine a child custody arrangement. When deciding issues regarding child custody, courts in Pennsylvania will consider many factors including the preference of the child, the mental and physical health of the parents, and a number of other pertinent factors.
We understand firsthand the impact parental separation has on children. We have worked with psychological experts in a multitude of cases to come to a resolution that is in the best interests of the children.
We have litigated cases involving relocation requests, grandparents' and other third parties' requests for custody and visitation, as well as cases involving addiction issues or other special circumstances.
The basic concept of child support is relatively simple; whether or not you live with your children on a day to day basis, you remain financially responsible for them. Pennsylvania calculates child support based upon guidelines that consider the actual income as well as the earning potential of both parents. It also takes into consideration the amount of time each parent spends with the child(ren).
We help calculate support obligations, and negotiate or litigate a fair amount.
Other Family Law Services
Child Abuse Expunction Appeals
Protection from Abuse (PFA) Orders
Alimony & Spousal Support
It is not uncommon for the spouse who was not the main “bread-winner” to have anxiety over their financial future. Pennsylvania establishes three types of alimony/spousal support: spousal support, alimony pendent lite, and alimony. If you spent years raising a family and maintaining a household, and now find yourself faced with the challenge of establishing a meaningful source of income, we can assist with determining which type of support may be right for you. Whether you are the spouse who is aiming to receive or pay out alimony, we will work tirelessly to get the best possible result for your situation.
Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements
Marriage, while based on an emotional bond, is also a sort of business contract insofar as it can have drastic financial consequences. Prenuptial agreements are created before the marriage and essentially pre-arranges how assets would be divided and how on-going support would be handled in the event of a divorce. Postnuptial agreements are created for couples who are anticipating going through a divorce but would like to arrange financial terms for after the divorce.
If you are considering drafting a marital agreement, it is critical that you have experienced legal expertise working to protect your interests. we can help you understand the short and long-term implications of entering into any marital contract.
Normal Coverage Area
Mifflin and the surrounding counties.