Philadelphia Divorce Attorney
Divorce is an extremely complicated and difficult experience no matter how amicable the process might be. When you are considering divorce in Pennsylvania, it is important to have an experienced Philadelphia divorce attorney on your side who can represent your interests throughout the process. From property division and alimony to issues pertaining to child custody and support, one of the experienced divorce attorneys at van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin can begin speaking with you today about your case.
Common Issues in a Philadelphia Divorce Case
Many different types of legal issues arise in a divorce case under Pennsylvania law. The Philadelphia divorce lawyers at our firm regularly assist clients with all of the following:
- Filing for divorce;
- Division of marital property;
- Complex property classification and division;
- High asset divorce issues;
- Child custody;
- Child support; and
- Modifications to existing divorce orders.
Division of Marital Property in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state in terms of the division of marital property. In a divorce, all property owned by the parties will be classified as marital or nonmarital (or separate) property. Only marital property, which includes both assets and debts, will be distributed between the spouses in a way that the court determines to be fair to both parties. Courts will look at a variety of factors in determining what kind of division is equitable, or fair, to both spouses.
Typically, the only property that will be classified as separate property, and thus not subject to division, will include:
- Property acquired by either spouse prior to the date of the marriage;
- Property acquired by only one of the spouses through a gift or inheritance during the marriage; or
- Property purchased or acquired during the marriage with separate property.
Alimony and Spousal Support in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alimony and spousal support in Pennsylvania have different meanings depending upon the type of support. Spousal support is financial support that one of the spouses can seek after a separation but prior to filing for divorce. Courts assess whether spousal support is appropriate given the facts of the case, and then courts use guidelines to determine the appropriate spousal maintenance award.
Alimony can be awarded as alimony pendente lite, which is a temporary form of spousal support award during the divorce process, while alimony is spousal support paid by one spouse to the other after the divorce is finalized.
Child Custody and Support Matters
When a couple has minor children from their marriage, their divorce will need to make child custody and child support determinations. Child custody includes both legal custody and physical custody, which can be granted as sole custody for one of the parents or shared custody for both parents.
Your Philadelphia divorce attorney can help with child custody and child support obligations.
Contact a Philadelphia Divorce Attorney
Divorce cases can be complicated, particularly when a couple has complex property that must be divided and when a married couple has minor children from the marriage. If you need assistance with your Pennsylvania divorce, one of the experienced Philadelphia divorce attorneys at our firm can assist you. Contact van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin for more information.