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When you decide that your marriage is no longer viable, your first step should be to find a reliable, effective, and experienced divorce lawyer. Before you hire any potential attorney, ask for testimonials from satisfied clients. Find out if their emails and phone calls were promptly returned, if the lawyer keeps evening and weekend hours to suit your scheduling needs, and if your new attorney is in good standing with other attorneys and judges.
Next, ask your divorce attorney for a consultation to discuss the facts of your case and to review your fee schedule and payment plan. Are you considering a no-fault divorce, or do you have children and anticipate a child custody battle? Be sure to discuss all of your needs and expectations with your lawyer. An experienced attorney should readily agree to provide copies of any legal communications and court orders to keep all clients informed of where their cases stand.
Attorney Larry Lefkowitz Esq. guarantees his fee for all Philadelphia area divorce clients. Call (215) 750-9202 today to learn more about how your neighborhood family lawyer commits to following through on your divorce, adoption, or child custody case.
While divorce is relatively common in the United States, you likely have a number of questions about what to expect from the process if you have never been through one before. To learn more about what divorce entails, contact a family lawyer today. This article will provide you with a brief introduction to the process of divorce in Pennsylvania.
When Can I File for Divorce?
Pennsylvania law provides for both fault and no-fault divorce. You can file for a no-fault divorce if you and your spouse both consent to the process by stating that your marriage has been irretrievably broken. If you cannot agree to the divorce, you must live separate and apart for at least two years. Pennsylvania allows for fault-based divorce based on willful desertion, adultery, cruelty, bigamy, and several other grounds.
How Will Our Property be Divided?
You and your spouse can agree to divide your property on your own terms. However, if you cannot reach an agreement, the court will have the power to divide your property. The court will take a variety of factors into account, including both spouses’ contributions to the marital property during the course of the marriage.
What Will Happen to Our Children?
As with property division, you and your spouse are entitled to decide your own child custody arrangements. If you cannot agree to custody and support terms, the court will step in and determine the terms. The court will make the necessary decisions based on the best interest of your child or children by taking into account a number of factors, including the child’s need for stability, the availability of extended family, and any past or present abuse.
Are you considering filing for divorce? Larry Lefkowitz Esq. is available to answer any additional questions you may have and help you through the divorce process. He focuses on all family matters and is available evenings by appointment, so please don’t hesitate to call (215) 750-9202.
Mediation is a process that allows parties who have a conflict to resolve their issues with the assistance of a neutral third person. You and the other parties are provided with the opportunity to reach a voluntary agreement. Read on for the answers to some frequently asked questions about mediation.
What Makes Mediation Different?
Mediation is a completely different process than proceeding to court. If your case proceeds to court, a judge or jury will decide your case based on the law. In mediation, you are not limited by the terms of the law and can reach a resolution that will work well for you and the other party or parties involved.
What Cases Are Appropriate for Mediation?
Most cases can be handled through this process, but there are several types of cases that are particularly well suited to mediation. For example, small claims are often easily resolved and can involve everything from neighborhood disagreements to civil cases involving small amounts of money. Family matters may also be better served by the mediation process, including divorce and child custody matters.
What Are the Advantages of Mediation?
In addition to allowing you to reach an agreement without the intervention of a judge, there are several other key advantages to mediation. First, the focus is on your specific needs; you and the other parties are working toward a solution that satisfies your situation. Second, the goal of mediation is to not only end your problem but also to look toward the future and allow you to have a continuing relationship with the other party or parties involved. In addition, mediation participants report higher satisfaction rates than those individuals who proceed to court. Finally, mediation is often cheaper than litigation.
To learn more about the mediation process and whether it may be right for you, contact Larry Lefkowitz Esq. We are a general practice firm, and we focus on all family law matters, including divorce, adoption, child custody, and support. Call (215) 750-9202 today to schedule a consultation.
Alimony payments are monthly support payments that one divorced spouse pays to another. This system is common throughout the United States, so it is important to understand how such payments are determined.
As this video explains, alimony payments are determined by the disparity of income between the two parties. The court will consider factors such as income, move-out expenses, rent, food, and utility bills. Alimony is usually paid for a specific amount of time ordered by a judge or agreed to by the parties. Otherwise, it is usually paid until a specific event occurs. Common events that mark the end of alimony include when one spouse dies or the recipient spouse remarries.
To learn more about alimony, contact family lawyer Larry Lefkowitz Esq. by calling (215) 750-9202. We serve clients in the Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Yardley areas and can help you resolve a variety of family matters.