North Wales Divorce Lawyer
Knowledgeable Family Lawyers Help Clients Navigate Divorce in North Wales, Pennsylvania
Although most divorces in North Wales are now filed under Pennsylvania’s no-fault statute, where the parties agree that the marriage has broken down to the point where it is “irretrievable”, agreeing to divorce is only the first step in the process of actually obtaining a divorce. Even the most amicable of divorcing spouses can quickly become contentious once it becomes necessary to begin negotiations over highly charged issues such as dividing assets, finances and parenting time.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., our skilled team of divorce lawyers understands how critical these issues are to your future, and we also know how difficult it can be to reach an advantageous agreement when your own family, finances, and future are on the line. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate and strategic guidance to our clients as they navigate divorce proceedings in North Wales. We provide personalized attention and support to all of our clients throughout the difficult divorce process, not only because we know this is a difficult time for you, but because we believe that this personalized approach is key to providing the best possible legal representation. When you choose us as your representatives, you can rest assured that your attorney understands what is most important to you and will fight to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Common Issues to Resolve in Any North Wales Divorce Proceeding
Divorce in Pennsylvania requires a division of assets and assignment of financial support obligations, and will also require the division of parenting time if minor children are involved. In general, the process of obtaining a divorce in North Wales will proceed as follows:
- File the complaint. Known as the divorce “papers”, the complaint legally begins the divorce process. One spouse will file the complaint with the county courts.
- Serve the complaint. This is a formalistic serving of the “divorce papers” by the filing spouse on the other spouse and must be accomplished within certain time frames with proof submitted to the court.
- Obtain any necessary temporary measures. One spouse may be entitled to spousal support while the divorce is pending, and if children are involved, temporary measures may need to be established to provide a plan for dividing parenting time.
- Negotiate the divorce agreement. What happens during this stage depends entirely upon the relationship of the parties. In some cases, lawyers or mediators will be necessary to resolve complicated issues, and the parties themselves may agree upon other issues without assistance.
- Finalize the divorce. Once an agreement is reached, it is filed with the court, and the judge will grant a final decree of divorce.
Lawyers Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Skillfully Address Clients’ Needs Throughout the Divorce Process in North Wales, PA
In general, before you can legally obtain a divorce in Pennsylvania, certain waiting periods will apply even if both spouses consent to the divorce. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping smooth the divorce process for all parties involved and will take all steps necessary to make sure your rights are protected going forward. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we are a comprehensive family law firm and will provide you with all of the help you need to both navigate the divorce process and move on with your life afterward.
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation to Discuss Your North Wales Divorce Questions
When facing a divorce, you are likely also facing numerous questions about your family’s future and financial security. Call today, or send us a confidential email, to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your questions with our experienced North Wales divorce lawyers. All of our meetings with clients are completely confidential, so you can discuss your questions freely. We can be reached at 215-822-7575 or through our “Contact Us” page on our website.
About North Wales, Pennsylvania
North Wales is located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and is considered to be a suburb of Philadelphia. As is common for the area, many large country estates of Philadelphia’s wealthy residents have been located in North Wales. Originally settled by Welsh immigrants to the area, North Wales is rich in history and is home to many historic homes and structures. The North Wales Historic Preservation District was established in 2000 to protect and enrich the area’s historical background.
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Proceedings in North Wales
FAQ: If I’m getting divorced in North Wales, how long does it take for the divorce decree to be granted?
This answer depends on many factors. But, if the parties are in full agreement and are not subject to the one-year waiting period, the quickest a divorce can be processed is about four months. If these factors cannot be met, there is no specific time frame. Pennsylvania requires one year of separation before the substantive portion of the divorce can move forward. Thereafter, the time frame may be determined by the complexity of the case and the ability of the parties to reach an agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the issues may need to be resolved through the court system.
FAQ: What should I do if my spouse just served me with divorce papers?
First, know that you have a one-year period of time to decide whether to consent to the divorce (assuming that being served with divorce papers was relatively surprising). Call us as soon as possible so that we can set up a time to meet and discuss your rights and options going forward. You may be entitled to receive financial support from your spouse in the meantime, or you may be required to make support payments depending upon the circumstances. When one party surprises the other with divorce papers, it may be possible that he or she has been planning for divorce for some time. Depending upon the circumstances, we may begin to investigate whether your former spouse has been taking steps to hide assets and make sure that your rights are protected.