Bryn Mawr Divorce Lawyer
Sadek and Cooper’s Philadelphia divorce attorneys work throughout Delaware County and the Main Line, representing husbands and wives seeking a divorce, including those in Bryn Mawr. Our divorce attorneys may be able to help you file for divorce, negotiate with your spouse’s attorneys, and navigate the difficult waters of child support, child custody, and spousal support. For a free consultation with our Bryn Mawr divorce attorneys, call the Sadek and Cooper Law Offices today at 215-814-0395.
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Bryn Mawr Divorce Laws
Bryn Mawr follows the same divorce laws as other areas in Delaware County. When you are considering divorce, it is important to first talk to an attorney about what forms of divorce are available to you, how to file, and what planning needs to be done before the court will hear your case.
One important thing to consider is what form your divorce will take, and what grounds you may use. PA law allows both “fault” and “no-fault” divorces. Fault divorces are based on fault “grounds” for divorce, where one spouse claims that the other wronged them in some way, and they deserve to have their divorce granted because of it. Common fault grounds in Pennsylvania include:
- Desertion by your spouse for one or more years,
- Cruel treatment or abuse that endangered your life,
- Bigamy (i.e. your spouse was already married),
- Your spouse was imprisoned for a crime for two or more years, or
- Your spouse’s behavior made your life miserable.
In addition, you can also get a divorce if your spouse was institutionalized for at least 18 months, and has few signs of improvement. These grounds work like any other lawsuit – one party files for divorce, with accusations against the other party, and must prove the accusations. This means that proving the adultery or the cruel treatment may involve testifying about difficult or private moments in your life in open court to prove your case. It also may mean multiple hearings and trials to prove the case before a judge or jury.
Alternatively, PA law allows you to file for a “no-fault” divorce. In these divorces, parties either mutually consent to a divorce, or show that the marriage suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.” In these cases, you usually need to work with your spouse. If they will not agree to a divorce, you may need to file for divorce based on fault grounds instead, so always talk to an attorney about your options before discussing these matters with your spouse. Courts may sometimes order a trial separation period to prove the marriage is truly broken, and some forms of no-fault divorce require you to live separately for 2 years before the divorce. Otherwise, these divorces may work more smoothly and quickly than fault divorces.
Pennsylvania Custody and Support Disputes
Determining who gets which items in the divorce is important for many couples. Splitting real estate, assets, stocks, investments, and bank accounts can be a point of serious contention. Our attorneys can help you and your spouse come to an agreement or can fight your case in court.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Even if you are not seeking a divorce now, our attorneys can help make things easier in the event that you want a divorce later. If you want to agree to divorce terms ahead of time, our lawyers can write prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, which can be formed at the beginning of the marriage, or during the marriage.
Child Custody and Support
Our attorneys have combined decades of experience handling child custody and child support cases in Bryn Mawr and beyond. For help achieving full custody or primary physical custody, enforcing your legal custody rights, or increasing or decreasing your support payments, contact our lawyers today.
Alimony and Spousal Support
After a divorce, you may no longer be able to maintain your standard lifestyle or pay for the expenses your spouse covered during your marriage. Our spousal support attorneys work to get you the spousal support (“alimony”) orders you need to help continue to support you after you get divorced.
Alimony Pendente Lite and Attorney’s Fees
Divorces can be expensive. Especially if you are facing a divorce based on abuse or your spouse places strict controls on finances, it may be difficult to get the money you need to file for divorce and pay a divorce attorney. Our lawyers can fight to get your fees awarded during the divorce proceedings and work to get you temporary support before the divorce is finalized.