Divorce

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At present, we are only handling family law matters that involve the defense of a PFA.

Pittsburgh Divorce Lawyers

We appreciate how difficult your separation and looming divorce can be.  Our Pittsburgh lawyers handle cases in Allegheny County and the surrounding areas, including Beaver, Butler, Washington and Butler Counties.

 

Get Solid Advice 

Our experienced trial lawyers will fully advise you about the process, tell you what to expect, and advocate aggressively for your interests in court. Know your rights at every stage.

 

Know the law – Equitable Distribution / Divorce

Pennsylvania is not a pure “50/50” jurisdiction, meaning, the courts do not automatically split the entire marital estate for purposes of distribution. Rather, the courts try perform a distribution that is “fair” and “equitable”, hence the phrase “equitable distribution,” which is the rule PA follows. What all this means is, you need a lawyer who is familiar with the process and what courts consider as “fair.” Our lawyers handle all kinds of divorce, complex and otherwise. Pennsylvania is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you do not need to prove misconduct on the part of the opposing spouse. That said, one spouse can make the divorce take up to years from the date of separation.

 

Common Law Marriage: Does it Exist?

For all intents and purposes: No.  We know the impact of appellate court decisions and statutes, for example, we tell you about the current status of “common law” marriage in Pennsylvania.

 

Range of Issues.

It is always a good idea to get a consultation before marriage, during marriage, and even after your divorce decree is entered if you did not have the benefit of counsel. Our Pittsburgh attorneys can help you with pre-marital agreements (prenuptial agreements), postnuptial agreements, petitions for temporary possession of property or use of home, equitable distribution, hearings on equitable distribution, petitions for sole possession, location of assets, cases where bigamy is alleged and other complex issues of divorce exist.

Our matrimonial attorneys seek to negotiate the equitable distribution portion of your divorce as amicably as possible and we often recommend mediation. Our attorneys constantly look for ways to streamline a divorce whether the proceedings involve a fault-based divorce and a no-fault divorce. Our Pittsburgh advisers evaluate whether prenuptial agreements can be upheld. We also evaluate issues of an engagement ring, such as whether an engagement ring must be returned if the marriage never takes place.

 


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