In Pennsylvania, a divorce is the process by which a marriage is legally ended and marital assets and debts are distributed to each spouse. An action for divorce begins with the filing of a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas by a qualified divorce lawyer. In addition to requesting that the court dissolve the marriage, the complaint may also include claims involving the following issues:
- Equitable Distribution (division of marital assets);
- Child Support;
- Spousal Support | Alimony | Alimony Pendente Lite | Counsel Fees; and
- Child Custody.
It is important to retain a divorce attorney promptly because, due to the nature of the divorce process, it is possible to lose your right to property or alimony if you fail to make your claims in a timely manner. Also, aside from the obvious financial impact, a divorce can also be incredibly time-consuming. In the event that one spouse refuses to sign an affidavit consenting to the divorce, Pennsylvania law requires a two-year separation before the uncooperative spouse must respond. Christopher C. Straub, Sandra Edwards Gray, Jeffrey C. Murse, Albert J. Meier, and Gerryanne P. Cauler are all experienced Lancaster divorce attorneys who will tailor a strategy to your specific circumstances and then work with you to reach the right outcome.