Empowering Individuals To Make Wise Divorce Decisions

Divorce is almost always a difficult and emotional process. As your lawyer, Deborah Zitomer understands how challenging divorce can be and strives to make the process easier by providing the legal information, advice and advocacy you need to make the process work for you.

To accomplish this, it's important to understand the divorce process, Pennsylvania's divorce laws and how these laws apply to and impact your specific situation.

Obtaining A Divorce In Pennsylvania

The rules surrounding the dissolution of a marital relationship can seem complex and it's crucial to address and resolve any and all of the issues that are relevant to your divorce or legal separation including:

  • Divorce filing requirements — Prior to a divorce filing, at least one spouse must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least six months.
  • Grounds for divorce — You can obtain either a no-fault or fault divorce in Pennsylvania. The grounds cited in a divorce filing, determine the specific procedures and requirements that must be followed and met. Attorney Deborah Zitomer will provide the information you need to select the appropriate grounds for your divorce.
  • Child custody — In some cases, parents are able to come to an agreement about child custody and visitation issues outside of court. In cases where this isn't possible, custody issues will be determined by a family law court after considering 16 factors.
  • Child support — Depending on the specifics related to a child custody agreement or order, a parent may be ordered to pay child support. Child support amounts are determined by Pennsylvania's Child Support Guidelines.
  • Spousal support / APL / Alimony — At times, a spouse may be awarded financial assistance to help maintain his or her quality of life during and after divorce.
  • Equitable distribution of property — Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state. This means that, barring the existence of a prenuptial agreement, all property acquired during a marriage is divided between spouses. It's important to note that equitable does not mean equal, but rather in accordance of what a judge determines to be fair.
  • Divorce tax and debt issues —Understand how debt is divided in divorce as well as the tax implications of divorce-related payments and income; including the sale or transfer or a business or real estate, payment or receipt of child support or alimony and the liquidation of investments.

Call Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, at 610-879-8473 to discuss your divorce and any related issues in depth. Additionally, you can get in touch with us through our online contact form.