Bias-Free Courts to Complete Your Divorce
With so much on the line in a divorce, including your rights to visit your children, receive alimony, and have a fair division of assets, many spouses will question what they can do to have the greatest chance at an attractive divorce settlement. Some may consider rushing to be the first to file, due to widespread belief that doing so will benefit them. However, what too few couples realize is that so long as both parties are Pennsylvania residents, it does not matter who files for divorce first.
When Both Individuals Live in Pennsylvania
If both you and your partner currently reside within the state, there is no true advantage to filing first. Even if you file first, the case will usually be held at the Court of Common Pleas in the defendant’s county, or the county where you married, by default. Of course, this could be changed if both spouses agree.
If One Spouse Lives Outside of Pennsylvania
In the event that your spouse no longer lives within the state, filing first could allow you to embrace Pennsylvania’s advantageous laws. Pennsylvania recognizes how expensive traveling for hearings can become, and in response, offers various options to pursue a divorce while minimizing the necessity for travel.
Legal Assistance When You’re Ready to Start the Divorce Process
While there is no advantage to filing first, there are clear benefits in recruiting professional legal assistance to guide you through the divorce process. If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, contact Cairns Law Offices. Our team is ready to help you get started with a free initial consultation!