Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney
Finding a solution to your family law dispute can be tricky. But working with a family law attorney in Pennsylvania can make everything much easier on you.
Family laws involve all domestic relation issues, including annulments, divorces, mediation, alimony, child custody, visitation, and child support orders. In most family law cases, two people are struggling to work together to move on with their lives. These cases can often pit loved ones against each other and drag out disputes that are better left settled.
When you call a Pennsylvania family law attorney at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., you will be taking your first steps toward a better life 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.
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 grant your request, your marriage will then be declared null and void. That means you were never truly married to your spouse.
However, annulments are not easy to come by. They will only be granted in specific cases.
If either spouse was not of sound mind at the time of the marriage, for instance, then they were not able to legally give their consent to be married.
Other instances where an annulment might work 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 into the marriage, or if one spouse was declared incurably impotent and the other spouse was not aware of this when the couple married.
Because marriage is a binding contract, if either spouse was legally unable to enter into such a contract, then the marriage may be annulled. If you are not able to secure an annulment because your situation does not meet the requirements, you may need to instead pursue a PA divorce decree.
The Divorce Process in Pennsylvania
Another aspect of PA family law is divorce. When a couple finds that they do not wish to stay in the marriage, they can file a petition for divorce. But it is not as simple as 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 final.
The Property and Assets That Are Rightfully Yours
As part of your divorce, we will need to take careful inventory of the following:
- Your personal property and assets
- 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 property will need to be fairly split before you are divorced.
Equitable distribution means that both parties will come away with a fair amount of the debts and assets. That does not mean that all you own will be split right down the middle. Our goal will be to work with your soon-to-be ex to decide which items both parties will receive. That way, the judge in 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 help at any point from the time of your separation until after your divorce is over, we can seek a reasonable spousal support order.
Likewise, if you believe that your spouse is unfairly seeking support or trying to receive more than they deserve, we can combat that.
Child Custody and Support Orders
The hardest aspects of family law are the areas involving your children. If you and your child’s other parent have decided to split, a child custody order and child support order will need to be put in place.
There are endless points of contention that come with building a child custody and support plan. We will be ready to ensure your children can have all of the opportunities both parents are able to provide.
PA Family Law FAQ
Family law matters can become quite messy when families are unable to resolve their disputes. With this in mind, we have addressed some of the most common questions our family law clients have in the FAQ below. As always, any concerns you have can be answered during your 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 break down. A no-fault divorce means that neither party is fully at fault for the demise of the marriage.
We often advise our clients to pursue a no-fault divorce. This allows for your divorce to be finalized more quickly. It is often much more cost-effective. The only time it may be advisable to file for divorce under fault grounds is if you are going to seek alimony. Fault can help show that spousal support is deserved.
Am I entitled to alimony?
Several factors are considered when the courts decide whether a spouse should receive 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 help determine whether alimony is needed.
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 the other parent has approved. If your child’s other parent refuses to provide consent for the move, you may need to file a petition in court and explain why your move is in the best interests of the children.
You should also be prepared to change your child custody plan so that the other parent can spend the same amount of quality time with the kids as before you moved.
Seek Help from a Family Lawyer in Pennsylvania
When you have problems at home that require legal help, reach out to a Pennsylvania family law attorney at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. Our firm has decades of experience with child custody and support orders, divorces, and annulments.
Call us at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529). You may also fill out the brief contact form at the bottom of this page. Schedule your consultation today.