Divorce Lawyers in Clearfield County
Clearfield County Divorce Procedures
In Clearfield County, Pennsylvania an action for divorce begins with a Clearfield County Divorce Attorney preparing a PA Divorce Complaint, filing it at the Clearfield County PA Courthouse, and serving it upon the defendant in the divorce action by certified mail. The Pennsylvania Divorce laws require that spouses come to an agreement regarding the division of the marital property and debts or that an order for equitable distribution of the marital assets and liabilities be entered by the court prior to the entry of a PA Divorce Decree.
Most marital property division cases are settled with a Consent Order of Court or a written Marriage Settlement Agreement. However, when parties to a PA divorce cannot come to an agreement, the Clearfield County Court will conduct the Equitable Distribution process. The process begins with the Clearfield County Divorce Lawyers filing a formal listing of the marital property and debts and then, upon motion by either party’s Clearfield County Divorce Attorney and payment of Master’s fees, the case will be assigned to a standing Clearfield County Master in Divorce.
Prior to the case being heard by a Clearfield County Divorce Master, a Pre-Trial Conciliation Conference will be held by a Clearfield County Court Judge and will be attended by the Clearfield County Divorce Lawyers for both parties. The conference is an attempt by the Clearfield County PA Judge to mediate the differences between the divorcing Clearfield County spouses regarding division of marital property and alimony. If unsuccessful, the matter proceeds to a hearing before a Clearfield County Divorce Master whose recommendation to a Clearfield County Court Judge will become a Final Order unless either divorcing spouse files timely Exceptions to the Master’s recommendation. If exceptions are filed, the judge will issue a Final Order.
Clearfield County Support Procedures
In Clearfield County, PA a Complaint for Support must be filed with the Clearfield County Domestic Relations Section to begin an action for child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite (APL), or alimony. If the parties and their Clearfield County Support Lawyers are unsuccessful in settling the support issues, a support conference will be conducted by a Clearfield County Hearing Officer. The object of the conference is to attempt to reach a settlement through mediation and, as such, all parties must be present. If an agreement is reached at the support conference, the terms will be confirmed and the parties will sign a Consent Agreement and a Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas Order of Court will follow.
In the event an agreement cannot be reached, a Recommendation will be made by a Clearfield County Hearing Officer based on the PA Child Support Guidelines and/or the PA Spousal Support Guidelines. An appeal of the Recommendation can be made by filing a Request for a de novo hearing and requesting that the matter be heard by a Clearfield County Court Judge. The Recommendation made by the Hearing Officer remains in effect as an interim order pending the final Order of Court from the Clearfield County Judge.
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