Harrisburg Divorce Lawyer
Knowledgeable Legal Representation in Central Pennsylvania
Although marriages are supposed to last a lifetime, sometimes that is not the case. Not only can divorce be emotionally overwhelming, but navigating the legal process can be tricky since many people have no experience dealing with the Pennsylvania court system. That is why having an experienced family law attorney protect your rights and best interests throughout the divorce process can help you obtain the best possible outcome and get started on a new chapter in life.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Central Pennsylvania, our Harrisburg divorce attorney at Holt Law can help you navigate the complexities of your divorce. We understand how difficult this process can be, which is why we offer effective legal and emotional support for all our clients. Let us help you get through this trying time to give you the fresh start you need.
Pennsylvania Divorce Requirements
In order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, you and/or your spouse must be state residents for at least six months before you can file. You can either file for a no-fault divorce (e.g. mutual consent, marriage is irretrievably broken, or your spouse needs to be institutionalized) or fault-based divorce (e.g. adultery, abandonment, cruel treatment, imprisonment for at least two years, or bigamy).
If you meet the residency requirements and establish grounds to file for divorce, you must file the divorce papers and send the copies to your spouse. Your spouse then has an opportunity to agree or disagree with anything in the divorce papers.
There are two main types of divorce: uncontested divorce and contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on all aspects of divorce (e.g. alimony, child custody, child support, property division, etc.), which means you don’t have to go to court and the divorce could be finalized in a matter of months.
By contrast, a contested divorce means that you and your spouse do not agree on one or more terms. While you and your spouse—with the help of each of your lawyers—may work out an agreement prior to trial, you may need to take your case to court where a judge makes decisions about your divorce.
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Since divorce can be a hotly contested situation, having a skilled lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. Our firm can be valuable resource in helping you meet the requirements for divorce and focus on the bigger picture throughout this emotional ordeal.
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