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Another Reason to Hire an Attorney in a Divorce

I recently had an interesting situation occur which I thought would be important for prospective divorce clients to hear about. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have heard of this sort of thing happening which makes it even more important to alert people about it.

A client came to my office with a divorce agreement which had already been signed by both parties. The client asked me to review the agreement for her as she felt there were certain items in it which were unfair to her. Neither of the parties had attorneys represent them and they drafted the agreement themselves based on a form they found online. I briefly looked at the agreement and saw that several important paragraphs were missing which would have protected my client in the event of default on the part of her ex-husband. Additionally, after speaking with the client I realized that the division of assets was not fair and equitable and most likely would not have taken place if she was represented by counsel or if the matter were to be heard in front of an equitable distribution master or judge. She was completely unaware of what her rights were under Pennsylvania law and had only entered into the agreement with her spouse in order to avoid what she felt could become a contentious matter. In order to keep the peace, she settled for a lot less than she might have otherwise been entitled to. Unfortunately, due to the fact the agreement was signed and filed with the court and a divorce decree was entered, this client did not have much ability to go back and undo what had already been done.

The bottom line is that when entering into a divorce agreement, or any other type of agreement or contract for that matter, the document should first be reviewed by an attorney and the legal rights explained so that unfortunate incidents. For more information please view my article at /Articles/PA-Divorce-Process.shtml

I represent clients in divorce, custody, support and equitable distribution matters in Bucks and Montgomery Counties and would be happy to explain your rights to you. If you are in the process of, or considering filing for divorce in PA, contact me.

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