|Pennsylvania Divorce - Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County, Cameron County
Divorce in Pennsylvania
You have questions - we have answers. Our attorneys are divorce lawyers who are well-versed in the complexities of divorce law. Our divorce attorneys regularly file for and handle contested divorces and uncontested divorces in Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County and Cameron County, Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania there are three basic components to the divorce: 1) the divorce itself, which is the process of obtaining a dissolution of the marriage contract; 2) the division of assets and debts, which is known as equitable distribution of property; and 3) support and alimony, which can be called a variety of things such as alimony pendente lite or APL and spousal support, and alimony which can be temporary (rehabilitative alimony) or permanent.
The mechanics of the divorce itself are fairly straight forward. If both parties agree to the divorce then a divorce can be awarded ninety days after the complaint has been filed and served. This is known as a divorce by consent or no-fault irreconcilable difference divorce. If one party contests the divorce and no fault grounds exists, Pennsylvania divorce law requires the parties to wait two years before receiving a divorce. There are a variety of reasons that one party might hold out on the divorce. Some reasons are legitimate and some are ploys to increase the amount of assets or support received.
The economics of divorce and properly dividing assets and protecting assets is much more complicated. It often requires the preparation of quit claim deeds for property, valuation of 401(k)s or retirement plans, appraisals of other assets and qualified domestic relations orders to access and divide money held in certain retirement accounts. These various transactions can have long-term effects on assets and wealth accumulation as well as short and long-term tax consequences.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling the practical aspects of how to navigate through a divorce and keep your life together as well as the litigation and resources to handle complex asset and debt division. If you live in Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County or Cameron County, Pennsylvania, feel free to contact our office for advice on how to successfully handle a divorce.
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From offices in Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania, Ross and Ross, LLC serves the personal injury, bankruptcy, social security disability, divorce and family law needs of Western, Northwestern, Central and North Central Pennsylvania including the communities of Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, West Branch, Smethport, Port Allegany, Bradford, Roulette and Wellsboro, as well as Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County, Bradford County and other areas of Western PA and Central PA.