PA Uncontested Divorce Laws
At the Western Pennsylvania law offices of Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., our experienced Pennsylvania family law attorneys handle both Pennsylvania no-fault and Pennsylvania uncontested divorces.
Pittsburgh No-Fault Divorce Attorneys
A Pennsylvania no-fault divorce can be filed when the spouse filing for divorce is not pursuing a fault-based ground for divorce against the other spouse, such as desertion, adultery, bigamy, indignities, or endangerment. In a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce case, the parties do not have to suffer through an emotionally and financially costly process of providing testimony at a hearing for the Pennsylvania family court judge or master to determine if either spouse was responsible for the marriage's demise. A Pennsylvania fault based divorce is oftentimes the most expensive and time-consuming method of obtaining a Pennsylvania divorce. On the other hand, once the marital property and debt issues have been resolved, a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce can be finalized after a short waiting period (90 days) and both spouses sign their consent to the entry of the divorce decree or after the spouses have been separated for two years if the Divorce Complaint was filed prior to December 4, 2016 or one year if the PA Divorce Complaint was filed after December 5, 2016 and either spouse seeks to finalize the divorce and marital property issues.
Pittsburgh Uncontested Divorce Attorneys
In Pennsylvania uncontested divorce cases are the most cost-effective and quickest way for spouses to end their marriage. An uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania is a divorce whereby both spouses have agreed to a settlement of their financial issues including marital property and debt distribution and any alimony terms and have a signed marriage settlement agreement reflecting the agreed-upon terms. Many of the Pennsylvania uncontested divorce cases that our Pennsylvania divorce lawyers have assisted our Pennsylvania divorce clients with also include the parties' agreements regarding child custody and child support. When combining a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce with the agreement of the spouses in an uncontested divorce case, the spouses in a Pennsylvania divorce case truly save time and money in finalizing their Pennsylvania divorce issues.
Beware of Advertising Schemes for Cheap Uncontested Divorces
Some firms advertise uncontested divorces for a low, flat fee. While this sounds great, remember the phrase - "You get what you pay for." These programs are often based upon paralegals or the clients themselves completing fill-in-the blank divorce forms and filing them in a county court in the middle of the state, where the filing fee is the cheapest and where neither spouse resides.
However, many times these practices result in legally inaccurate and unenforceable divorce decrees. Pennsylvania law provides:
- Only the court in the county where assets are located or the place where the parties last resided together has the power to hear any issues involving division of assets and debts or enforcement of those agreements or orders.
- Only the county court where the defendant resides or works (absent some special rules) can enter a support order or enforce that order.
- Only the county court where minor children have resided for the past six months can enter a custody order that can be enforced by the courts.
- To enforce child support or custody agreements, an order must be entered by the court.
So what are some clients of these firms left with? A divorce decree that does not contain a settlement of the parties' financial issues including division of pension or retirement assets or the family home or resolution of any alimony issues. Huge legal bills often result when settlement agreements are not complied with and attorneys must travel to the out-of-the-way counties with the "cheap" filing fees to fix the problems. Or worse yet, agreements regarding child support and custody that are unenforceable in the foreign county must be processed again through the appropriate county court. Our Pennsylvania family law office is a full-service family law firm that completes all necessary forms for you, files them with the appropriate Pennsylvania county courthouse, and has the ability to quickly seek to enforce any property division, custody or support orders that we have filed with the appropriate county courts.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Divorce Attorneys Today
To learn more about our Pittsburgh divorce law firm, and to speak with one of our experienced Pittsburgh divorce lawyers, call us today at 412-281-9906 in Pittsburgh, 724-536-5500 in Southpointe (Canonsburg), 724-776-9906 in Cranberry Township, or toll free at 1-855-VARI-LAW (1-855-827-4529)or send us an e-mail. Our Pittsburgh office and Southpointe offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Our Cranberry Township office is open by appointment only.
Our PA family law office routinely accepts cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. To learn about the individual county procedures in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland Counties, click here.
We accept cases in other Western PA counties such as Armstrong County, Erie County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.