Divorce FAQ in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
If you have previously gone through a divorce or if you have never had to end a marriage before, you likely have some questions about what you can expect to happen throughout this process.
Obtaining a divorce is often more challenging than people are prepared for, which is why below we have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Pennsylvania divorces. If your question was not answered here, or if you need more information, reach out to our office to discuss the individual details of your Pennsylvania divorce case.
What Happens if I Do Not Have a Prenup?
Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is not a requirement to obtaining a divorce. Not having one simply means that you will need to try to come to an agreement about the division of your marital property and spousal support with your ex-spouse. If you are unable to settle the terms of your divorce, your case will need to go to court in Pennsylvania.
Can I Just Go Through the Annulment Process?
There are big differences between an annulment and a divorce. Having your marriage annulled means that the courts are declaring that your marriage never happened, essentially. Divorce means that you were married but have since ended your marriage. Annulments are only available in very specific circumstances, such as in underage marriages and marriages involving incest, for example.
How Much Alimony Will I Have to Pay?
The amount of alimony you need to pay depends on a number of different factors, such as how much you and your spouse make, what your expenses are, how long you were married, and more. Your spouse may not even be entitled to alimony, depending on the circumstances of your divorce.
Your Pennsylvania divorce lawyer can give you more information about what to expect after learning the details of your case.
Is My Ex Going to Take Half My Assets?
No; this is a common misconception when it comes to divorce. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state. This means that marital property, debts, and assets will be divided fairly, not evenly. What’s more, items that you brought into the marriage are not up for grabs and should remain yours in the divorce settlement.
How Long Does It Take To Divorce in Pennsylvania?
There are many factors that come into play when obtaining a divorce that could speed up or slow down the divorce process timeline. If your spouse is contesting the divorce, it could be years before your divorce is finalized, whereas spouses who agree to end the marriage and settle the divorce terms together may be able to finalize their divorce in just a few short months.
Reach Out to a Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer
If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page or if you would like a more personalized answer to a divorce question you have, contact a regarded Pennsylvania divorce lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
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