Scranton Divorce Lawyer
Providing Compassionate & Experienced Legal Counsel In Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Filing for divorce is one of the toughest decisions of your life, especially if children or a significant amount of assets are involved. Since many divorces are hotly contested, you could risk obtaining an unfavorable outcome in the courtroom, which can make starting a new chapter in your life quite difficult. That is why you need to hire an experienced family law attorney to fight for your rights and best interests and help you get the fresh start you deserve.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Lackawanna County, the Thompson Law can guide you through the complexities of your case and help you get the best possible result. Our Scranton divorce attorney has more than 15 years of experience providing our clients with effective and personalized legal solutions. Do not wait to get started on the divorce process.
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570-846-2819 to request a free case evaluation.
Pennsylvania Divorce Laws
A divorce petition in Pennsylvania is a civil action. In order to file for divorce, you or your spouse must be a state resident for at least six months.
Pennsylvania law recognizes both “no-fault” and “fault” divorce. A “no-fault” divorce means the marriage experienced an “irretrievable breakdown” without any explanation of the cause and spouses need to demonstrate a mutual consent to part ways, or a separation lasting at least two years. On the other hand, a “fault” divorce means one spouse blames the other for the divorce (e.g. adultery, abandonment, extreme cruelty, a felony conviction, or bigamy).
Every divorce deals with the following issues:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Property division
- Spousal support
If you file for a no-fault divorce and both parties’ consent to the action, you must wait 90 days before you and your spouse file written declarations demonstrating such consent and the court grants your divorce. Although there isn’t a waiting period for a fault-based divorce, the average contested divorce takes at least a year or more to complete.
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There are many legal pitfalls during the divorce process, which is why our firm can protect you from them and ensure you obtain the most favorable outcome. Schedule a free consultation and learn about your legal options immediately.
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