Divorce FAQs

Common Questions About Divorce

If you’re considering divorce, you likely have a myriad of questions. Here are just a few:

Do We Need an Attorney for an Amicable Divorce?

Even in amicable situations, legal complexities can arise. An attorney ensures proper procedure and document preparation, preventing future issues. While one attorney cannot represent both spouses, we can assist in drafting agreements and expediting the process.

How Long Does the Divorce Process Take in Pennsylvania?

The process requires a mandatory 90-day waiting period after serving the Divorce Complaint. The duration varies based on disagreements or property division complexities.

How are Assets Divided in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

Pennsylvania follows Equitable Distribution, meaning the court considers what is fair, not necessarily equal, when dividing marital property. Factors include the length of the marriage, earning capacities, custody of children, and more.

Do We Need to Go to Court if We Have a Divorce Agreement?

No, parties with an agreement do not need to appear in court for their Divorce Decree.

What if All Our Property is in My Spouse's Name?

Assets or debts in one person’s name may still be considered marital property and divided accordingly.

What is "Abandonment"?

Abandonment is a fault-based ground for divorce. If a spouse has left the marital home for a year or more, it may qualify for a fault-based divorce.

What Do I Need to Prepare for My Consultation?

Bring information about assets, debts, and any filed documents. The more details provided, the better we can assist.

Can't I Just Get a Cheap Divorce Online?

DIY divorces often lead to costly corrections later. Pennsylvania has specific procedural requirements that may not be met by online materials.

How Long Must We Be Separated Before Divorcing?

The required separation period for a no-fault divorce under section 3301(d) is one year.

How Does Infidelity Affect Divorce?

While fault grounds exist, most divorces are finalized using no-fault grounds. Infidelity generally does not impact property division but may affect alimony or custody in rare cases.

For more detailed information or specific queries, please contact us.