Butler Divorce Lawyer
Sometimes, forcing a marriage to work simply is not a good option for you, your spouse, or any children that the two of you have together, and divorce is your best choice. Ending a marriage can lead to a fresh start on life, and can actually lead to less stress and anxiety in the long term. Nearly 800,000 couples choose to get divorced each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and around 40 percent of marriages end in divorce each year. If you have decided to end your marriage, you need an experienced Butler divorce lawyer on your side to ensure that your rights and assets are protected when it comes to property division, child custody, alimony, and more.
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- Child & Spousal Support
- Child Custody
- Closely-Held & Family Business
- Divorce Tax Matters
- High Asset Divorce
- High Conflict Divorce
- LGBTQ & Same Sex Divorce
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- Property Appraisal
- Property Distribution
Four Main Aspects of Divorce
Some couples do not need an attorney to divorce, and are able to come to a fair agreement on all issues. However, this is rare, and there is always the chance that in such a case, one of the spouses is hiding something, such as a bank account, from the other. An attorney can protect your interests when it comes to:
- Division of marital property;
- Child custody or visitation (the parenting plan);
- Child support; and
- Spousal support/alimony.
In addition, you may need an attorney to either uphold or dispel any relevant prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. Most divorces can be resolved through simple negotiation between attorneys, or through mediation if that does not work. Rarely does a divorce need to be settled in court, though we here at Bunde and Roberts are more than prepared to litigate your divorce for a successful outcome.
Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, there are a few different types of divorce. Fault divorce includes marital misconduct such as spousal abuse, infidelity, abandonment, and criminal incarceration. No fault divorce is more common, and the divorce can either be “mutual consent,” or “irretrievable breakdown without mutual consent.” Under Chapter 33 Dissolution of Marriage, the court will grant a no-fault divorce due to mutual consent if:
- Both spouses agree upon irretrievable breakdown;
- Both spouses sign an affidavit consenting to divorce; and
- The divorce was filed at least 90 days ago.
If the no-fault divorce is not consensual, meaning that one spouse wishes to divorce and the other does not, things become much more complicated, and time intensive. Grounds for a no fault irretrievable breakdown without mutual consent divorce include. The couple must have lived apart for at least two years since the irretrievable breakdown in the marriage occurred. This can be very frustrating for the spouse who wishes to move on with their life, and it can feel as if the other spouse is only refusing a mutual consent divorce in order to control the other spouse.
Reach Out to a Butler Divorce Lawyer Today
It probably goes without saying that divorce is a matter that should not be taken lightly; you need to ensure that your best interests are protected, because divorce orders can have life-lasting implications. Contact the Butler divorce lawyers at Bunde & Roberts, P.C. today at 412-391-4330 to schedule a free consultation.