If you’re headed toward
divorce, you may be wondering if you really need an attorney, especially if you’re
having a friendly or “amicable divorce.” You may also be wondering
if a divorce lawyer is necessary if you have no real assets or if you
don’t have any children.
Even if you expect a relatively easy divorce, it’s still important
to have a lawyer represent you. If your marriage has broken down beyond
repair, there are several ways an attorney can help you:
- An attorney will advise you on your rights and responsibilities under Pennsylvania’s
- An attorney will tell you what to expect.
- An attorney will help you avoid legal disputes.
- Any attorney will look out for your best interests.
- An attorney will protect your legal rights.
- An attorney will advise you on what to do, and what not to do (this can
- An attorney will facilitate negotiations and a fair divorce settlement.
How Long Do I Have to Be Separated?
Each state has different requirements regarding divorce. If you’re
having marital problems and you or your spouse, or both of you, have decided
to file for divorce, and it’s been
one year since you have been living separately and apart, or if it’s been
one year since the divorce was filed, you may be ripe for a divorce to proceed through
“What if I don’t want the divorce?” If your spouse is
asking for a no-fault divorce, the only defense that he or she has is
showing the court that you have not lived separate and apart for at least
one year, or that the marriage still has hope for repair.
Will Cheating Ruin a No-Fault Divorce?
If you’ve been living separate and apart for some time, or if one
of you intend to file for divorce, we invite you to
contact our firm to speak with a Philadelphia divorce attorney.