Divorce in Telford, Pennsylvania
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Divorce can be a difficult process for every couple who has made the tough decision to end their marriage and move on with their lives. If you have decided to seek a divorce from your spouse, you need an experienced divorce attorney who will fight for and protect your interest throughout the divorce process. Even if you and your spouse are separating on amicable terms, acrimonious disputes can quickly arise in a divorce proceeding, especially when you and your spouse begin addressing difficult subjects such as division of assets or child custody. If you and your spouse are already at odds with one another, trying to resolve the issues in divorce are just that more difficult.
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The knowledgeable Telford divorce attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. understand that divorce is a complicated, emotionally-difficult process for every person. We strive to help our clients understand every available option in a divorce proceeding and guide them in making informed, reasoned decisions. Our legal team will fight to ensure that you receive a fair and favorable resolution to all the issues that come up in your divorce proceeding, such as child custody, alimony, and distribution of marital assets and liability.
Importance of Fault in Divorce Cases
Pennsylvania law now permits couples to seek a divorce without first establishing cause or fault; this is known as a “no-fault” divorce. Couples can seek a “no-fault” divorce by declaring to the court that their marriage is “irretrievably broken” — in other words, the couple is estranged and there is no possibility of reconciliation. A no-fault divorce can be granted after one of two conditions are met:
- Both spouses consent to the divorce, or
- Live separately from your spouse for more than one year, which allows for a no-fault divorce even if one spouse does not consent
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If a no-fault divorce is based on the consent of both spouses, the couple must meet the following requirements:
- Filing a complaint with the court, citing irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as the reason for divorce
- Observe a 90-day waiting period followingthe filing of the complaint (assuming the couple has not been separated for at least a year)
- Have each spouse file an affidavit in support of the complaint
If you intend to seek a no-fault divorce based upon separation when your spouse refuses to consent, separation must be established both through physical separation (living apart) as well as through your communicating your intent to end the marriage to your spouse.
Of course, at-fault divorces can be granted on one or more of the following grounds:
- Conviction and imprisonment for certain crimes
- Forcing you to suffer indignities
- Mental illness
It is important to note that no divorce is final until a court issues a divorce decree, usually following a division of the marital estate and, if applicable, a child custody agreement or court-ordered custody arrangement.
Experienced Divorce Lawyers Provide Effective and Vigorous Representation to Clients
The dedicated divorce attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. provide our Telford-area clients with compassionate legal representation while also working hard to provide the best legal strategy in each case. We vigorously advocate for our clients’ interests with respect to all the issues that can arise in a divorce proceeding, such as:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Alimony and spousal support
- Equitable distribution
- Enforcement and interpretation of pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements
Regardless of whether you are merely contemplating divorce or the divorce process has already been initiated by your and/or your spouse, our experienced divorce attorneys will promote your interests and protect your rights through the entire divorce process.
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If you are considering a divorce, have questions about the divorce process, or are already engaged in divorce proceedings, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about your rights and options and how our Telford divorce attorneys can help you through a divorce proceeding. You can schedule a consultation by phone or by sending us a message through the “Contact Us” page on our website, and one of our knowledgeable Telford divorce attorneys will promptly follow up with you. Call us at 215-822-7575 today!
Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce
The length of a divorce proceeding depends on multiple factors specific to your family. In our experience, a divorce can go from filing of the initial complaint to issuance of the divorce decree in as little as four months. However, such a short process is only possible when the couple has no assets to divide, no children, and both spouses consent to a no-fault divorce. Even then, it can take weeks for a judge to issue the divorce decree. As a general matter, the timeline of a divorce proceeding is highly dependent on how quickly you and your spouse are able to resolve issues relevant to your marriage and family, including division of assets and liabilities, alimony, child custody, and child support. Even if you and your spouse are able to rapidly reach agreement, you are also still subject to the availability and scheduling of the court.
The 2018 tax laws impact how alimony payments are treated for federal taxes; they do no impact whether alimony payments are available, which is an issue of Pennsylvania state law. Specifically, the tax laws primarily impact the availability of deductions. However, our skilled divorce attorneys can argue to the court that the new tax laws should be a factor to consider in reducing the amount of alimony you would otherwise be required to pay to your ex-spouse following your divorce. But the availability of alimony and the specific amount ordered still depends on multiple factors, including you and your spouse’s respective financial situations, the length of your marriage, your spouse’s need for alimony, and the standard of living you and your spouse enjoyed during your marriage.