Divorce

Not every divorce case in simple. In many divorce cases, there are pleadings, deadlines and court requirements that must be met on time.

Don’t try to battle your way through a divorce on your own. An experienced York, Pa., divorce attorney can help you understand the law and your rights when it comes to distributing property, spousal or child support and child custody.

Divorce can be an emotional experience, especially if you have children or high net worth assets that need to be divided. Our Pennsylvania divorce lawyers can help provide you with peace of mind while going through the process.

Filing for divorce in Pennsylvania

Divorce is divided into two categories in Pennsylvania: fault and no-fault divorce.

Fault divorce

Fault divorce in Pennsylvania can be granted if your spouse has:

  • left the home without a reasonable cause for one year or longer;
  • committed adultery;
  • been found guilty of cruel and barbarous treatment, such as domestic violence;
  • committed bigamy (your spouse married you without divorcing a previous spouse);
  • been sentenced to jail for two years or more for committing a crime;
  • or acted in a way that made your life unbearable or extremely difficult.

No-fault divorce

A no-fault divorce is filed when both parties agree to a divorce because of irreconcilable differences in the marriage. If you and your spouse already have an agreement on how to handle the terms of your divorce, the process can be easier. However, if you need help defining the terms of the divorce, such as child custody and visitation, property division and alimony, our experienced Central PA divorce attorneys can walk you through each step.

Lawmakers approved a 2015 bill that will speed up no-fault divorce cases in Pennsylvania by reducing separation time from two years to one year. After the one-year separation, the couple can start to divide assets and determine if alimony is owed. The faster process is meant to cut down on the strain divorce can cause a family because of the delay.

How do prenuptial agreements work in Pa.?

Writing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement does not mean you plan on divorcing. It simply acts as a type of insurance policy to make sure your assets are safe should the marriage end. Prenups and post-nups are recognized in court and can help make the divorce process a little smoother.

What's the difference between a prenuptial agreement and a post-nuptial agreement?

Prenuptial agreements: Prenuptial agreements in Pennsylvania are written before a couple is legally bound by marriage and can outline the division of assets and property should the marriage end in divorce.

Postnuptial agreements: Postnuptial agreements in Pennsylvania are written after a couple is already married but before they file for divorce.

Call a York, Pa., divorce attorney today

If you are considering divorce or you have been served with divorce papers, you’ll want an experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney representing you in court. Navigating the divorce laws and understanding your rights is a priority of the attorneys at Korey Leslie Attorney-at-Law. Call us today for a free consultation.