Mechanicsburg Divorce Attorney
Dedicated to Helping You End Your Marriage in Pennsylvania
One of the hardest decisions you may ever have to make in your life is whether to file for divorce, especially if you share children and a significant amount of assets with your spouse. Since the legal process can be quite complex and hotly contested, it is imperative to have a legal professional on your side who can protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
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If you are interested in filing for divorce in Mechanicsburg, PA, The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter is committed to helping you obtain the best possible result. We provide compassionate and personalized legal representation to all our clients to ensure they receive the attention and responsiveness they deserve during this difficult and trying time. Let us guide you through the complexities of the family court and answer all your questions.
What are the Laws for Divorce in Pennsylvania?
To file for divorce in Pennsylvania, one or both spouses must have lived in Pennsylvania for at least six months before filing. Furthermore, any divorce paperwork must be filed in the county where one or both spouses reside.
Pennsylvania allows couples to divorce based on either no-fault or fault grounds. A no-fault divorce occurs when there is an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage,” which means you and your spouse can no longer get along and your marriage cannot be repaired.
Although you do not need a reason to file for a no-fault divorce, you and your spouse must have been separated for two years before filing, or you both must agree to the divorce. After the divorce petition is filed, your divorce will be finalized after the 90-day waiting period.
On the other hand, a fault-based divorce requires a spouse to prove the other spouse is guilty of marital misconduct. Common fault-based divorce grounds include adultery, extreme cruelty (e.g., domestic violence), abandonment for at least one year, a felony conviction that is punishable by at least two years in prison, and bigamy. While a fault-based divorce impacts alimony, it doesn’t affect property division.
Understanding Contested & Uncontested Divorce in PA
A divorce can be either contested or uncontested. A contested divorce means that the spouses do not agree on one or more divorce-related issues, while an uncontested divorce means the spouses agree on all divorce-related matters.
Common divorce-related issues include:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Alimony or spousal support
- Property division
Thus, an uncontested divorce is generally much faster and less expensive in comparison to a contested divorce, mainly because the spouses avoid court litigation. Although both parties in a contested divorce may be able to resolve their differences through divorce mediation, if they fail to reach an agreement after mediation, then a judge will decide divorce-related matters on the spouses’ behalf.
Let Our Firm Protect Your Rights & Best Interests Today!
Whether you are going through a contested or uncontested divorce, look no further than The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter for knowledgeable and skilled legal guidance. Do not hesitate to let us obtain the most favorable outcome and help you get a fresh start in life.
Contact us today at (717) 537-0928 to discuss your case with our Mechanicsburg divorce lawyer.
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