Results-Oriented Family Lawyers in PA Help Clients Through Divorce Matters
Under current Pennsylvania law, divorcing couples are no longer required to prove that one or both spouses were at “fault” for the end of the marriage. Instead, the “no-fault” divorce statute allows couples to divorce without assigning fault by stating to the court that their marriage is “irretrievable” or broken down due to “irreconcilable differences”. However, even if you and your spouse agree that you both need a divorce, that is only the first step. Even a divorce process that starts amicably can easily become heated once the spouses begin sorting out contentious issues such as the division of marital assets, payment of alimony and child support, and child custody.
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The skilled Souderton, PA divorce lawyers of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford know from experience how the issues resolved in a divorce, such as division of assets, alimony, and child support and custody, are critical to your future. We also know how difficult it can be to reach an amicable resolution when your family and finances are the issues being discussed. We provide our Souderton clients with personalized, strategic guidance through the divorce process. This means that we take the time to understand what is most important to you in your divorce so that we can devote our time and resources to making sure that you obtain the most favorable outcome in the divorce process.
The Divorce Process in PA
In Pennsylvania, if you or your spouse wish to obtain a no-fault divorce, you must declare that your marriage is irretrievably broken and meet one of two conditions:
- Obtain your spouse’s consent to divorce, or
- Be considered separated under the law for a period of one year
In either case, the divorce will not be final until there is an agreement or court order resolving the distribution of marital assets.
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Filing requirements for a no-fault divorce include:
- Filing a complaint with the court, which cites an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as the basis for divorce
- Observe a 90-day waiting period from the date of filing (unless you and your spouse have already been separated for at least a year)
- Both parties will have to sign consent forms after the 90-day waiting period if both parties agree to the divorce.
Once the divorce complaint is filed with the court, the next step in the divorce process include:
- Service: If you are the spouse who has filed for divorce, you must serve the court papers upon your spouse within a certain time frame set by court rules
- Apply for temporary measures: Depending on your circumstances, you and/or your spouse may ask the court to order certain temporary measures be enacted during the pendency of the divorce proceedings, such as deciding who gets to reside in the marital home, ordering alimony pendente lite and/or child support, and establishing child custody arrangements
- Negotiate or litigate the divorce: If you and your spouse still have an amicable relationship, it is often quicker and less expensive for you and your spouse to negotiate the various issues that must be resolved in your divorce, such as distribution of your marital assets, payment of alimony and/or child support, and determining child custody; if you and your spouse can’t agree on issues, you will need to have a hearing or a trial before the court, who will resolve those issues for you
- Finalize the divorce: If you have a settlement agreement, you can bring it to the court, who will incorporate its terms into the judgment of divorce, which is a final order that either party can later return to court to have enforced if necessary
Divorce Attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Fight to Protect Clients Rights During Divorce Proceedings
The Souderton divorce lawyers of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford are dedicated to making your divorce proceedings as efficient and effective as possible, while still ensuring that your rights and interests are fully protected throughout the process. We help clients with every kind of issue that may need to be resolved in a divorce, such as:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Equitable distribution
- Pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements
Whether you are merely considering filing for divorce or you and your spouse are already in the midst of divorce proceedings, we can help ensure that you receive an outcome that protects your interests and achieves your most important goals.
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If you are facing the prospect of divorce or are already in the middle of court proceedings, you likely have many questions about your financial security and, more importantly, your family’s future. Contact the Souderton, PA family attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer the questions you may have about the divorce process.
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Souderton, PA
How long the divorce process takes depends on many factors including, most importantly, whether you and your spouse are able to agree on all the issues that need to be resolved in your divorce. If you and your spouse are not subject to any of the waiting periods for a no-fault divorce, it is possible for the proceedings to be resolved in as little as four months. But if there is any conflict over issues to be resolved, the time frames can be greatly extended due to delays in the court docket.
If your spouse has surprised you with divorce papers, you may have up to a year to decide whether you want to consent to the divorce. It is important that you contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your rights and your legal options. We can help you obtain financial support from your spouse during the divorce proceedings or fight to ensure that you do not have to leave the marital home. In our experience, when one spouse surprises the other with a divorce, it usually means they have been planning the divorce for some time and have taken steps to hide assets from equitable distribution, alimony, and/or child support. Our dedicated attorneys will thoroughly investigate your and your spouse’s financial circumstances to ensure that your interests are fully protected.