Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney
Finding a solution that works for your family when you have conflicting family matters can be tricky, but having a reputable family law attorney in Pennsylvania in your corner can make all the difference in the success of your case.
Family laws involve all domestic relation issues, including annulments, divorces, mediation, alimony, child custody, visitation, and child support orders, among others. In the vast majority of family law cases, two people are struggling to work together to move on with their lives. These cases can oftentimes pit individuals against each other and drag out arguments that are better left settled.
Fortunately, when you choose to enlist the services of a Pennsylvania family law attorney at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., you will be taking your first steps toward the life you have envisioned for yourself and your family. We will stop at nothing to help you come to an agreement that meets your needs and the needs of your children, where applicable.
Qualifying for an Annulment
If you have found yourself in a marriage that you believe never should have existed, having your marriage annulled could be the right choice for you. If the courts choose to grant your request, your marriage will then be declared null and void, meaning you were never technically married to your spouse.
However, annulments are not easy to come by, and they will only be granted under specific circumstances.
If either spouse was not of sound mind at the time of the marriage, whether that be due to a mental deficit or if one spouse was inebriated, for example, then they were not able to legally give their consent to be married.
Other instances where an annulment might be appropriate is if the spouses in question are found to be blood relatives, if either spouse was under the legal age of consent, if one spouse was forced or coerced into the marriage, or if one spouse was declared incurably impotent and the other spouse was not aware of this when the couple chose to marry.
Due to the fact that marriage is a binding contract, if either spouse was legally unable to enter into such a contract, then the marriage may be annulled at the discretion of the court. If you are not able to secure an annulment because your situation does not meet the necessary requirements, you will need to instead pursue a PA divorce decree.
The Divorce Process in Pennsylvania
Another aspect of Pennsylvania family law is divorce. Whenever a couple finds that they do not wish to stay in the marriage, they can file a petition for divorce. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as just filing the petition and then being divorced. The equitable distribution process and financial support disputes will need to be resolved before your divorce can be finalized.
The Property and Assets That Are Rightfully Yours
As part of your divorce proceedings, we will need to take a careful inventory of your personal property and assets and your marital property, debts, and assets. Any assets or debts that you brought into the marriage should remain yours when you split, but your marital properties will need to be equitably divided before you are officially divorced.
Equitable distribution means that both parties will come away with a fair amount of your debts and assets, but that does not mean that all you own will be divided right down the middle. Our goal will be to work with your soon-to-be ex to determine which possessions both parties will receive so that the judge presiding over your Pennsylvania case will not have to divide your assets on your behalf.
What You Need to Know about Financial Support Post-Separation
This rule of thumb goes for alimony and spousal support as well. If one spouse will need financial assistance at any point from the time of your separation until after your divorce is finalized, we can assist in obtaining a reasonable spousal support order.
Likewise, if you are an individual who believes that their spouse is unfairly seeking support or is attempting to receive more than they are entitled to, we can work to ensure that you are not taken to the cleaners in your divorce.
Child Custody and Support Orders
Arguably the most tumultuous aspect of family law are the areas involving your children. If you and your child’s other parent have made the decision to raise your children separately, a child custody order and child support order will need to be implemented.
As you can imagine, there are seemingly endless points of contention that come with establishing a child custody and support plan that is in the best interest of your children. No matter what you are seeking in your child’s family law issues, we will be ready to ensure your children can have all of the opportunities both parents are able to afford them.
PA Family Law FAQ
Family law matters are not only complex, but they can become quite messy when families are unable to reconcile their disputes. With this in mind, we have addressed some of the most commonly asked questions our family law clients have in the FAQ below. As always, any additional concerns you have that were not addressed on this page can be answered during your no-obligation case evaluation.
What are the grounds for obtaining a divorce?
In Pennsylvania, you can file for divorce under fault or no-fault grounds. A fault divorce means that one spouse has done something that caused your marriage to irretrievably break down, whereas a no-fault divorce means that neither party is fully responsible for the demise of the marriage.
We generally advise our clients to pursue a no-fault divorce, as this allows for your divorce to be finalized more quickly and is usually much more cost-effective. The only time it may be advisable to file for divorce under fault grounds is if you are going to be seeking alimony where fault can help in establishing that financial support is warranted.
Am I entitled to alimony?
There are several factors that are taken into consideration when the courts are examining whether a spouse is entitled to alimony. The length of your marriage, why your marriage ended, both spouses’ income and expenses, whether you share children, and both spouses’ physical and mental health will all be used to determine if an alimony award is necessary.
Can I move out of state with my kids?
That depends on what your child custody arrangement looks like. In most cases, you are not allowed to relocate your children to another state unless their other parent has given permission for you to do so. If your child’s other parent refuses to provide their consent for the move, then you will need to file a petition in court and explain to the judge why your relocation is in the best interest of the children.
You should also be prepared to modify your existing child custody plan so that their other parent will have the opportunity to spend the same amount of quality time they were able to have with their kids before you made the decision to move.
Seek Help from a Family Law Lawyer in Pennsylvania
When you have problems at home that require legal assistance to resolve, you can reach out to a seasoned Pennsylvania family law attorney at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. for the help you need. Our firm has decades of experience in implementing child custody and support orders, working through divorce processes, and obtaining annulments for those in need.
When you are ready to fight for what you deserve, give our office a call at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529) or fill out the brief contact form we have included at the bottom of this page and schedule your initial consultation today.