Divorce Lawyers With Experience And Compassion
The divorce process can be overwhelming. There are so many issues to resolve and decisions to make regarding custody of the kids, property division, child support, spousal support and whether to stay in your home or move out.
When handled correctly by a knowledgeable divorce lawyer, you can and should emerge from divorce proceedings in a better place and with a plan for moving on with your life. At McMenamin & Margiotti, LLC, our years of experience can help resolve your disputes and make these trying times less stressful.
Grounds For A Pennsylvania Divorce
- Fault divorce – One spouse accuses the other of engaging in misconduct, such as infidelity, cruelty or abandonment, which must be proven in court.
- No-fault divorce – The spouses mutually agree there is an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. A no-fault divorce can also be granted when one spouse files for divorce but the other does not contest it.
Most divorce actions are no-fault. The parties want to move on and there is little to be gained by blaming the other spouse.
Some couples can expedite the process through a dissolution of marriage (uncontested divorce). If you fully agree on all matters, we can help you draw up the papers to submit to the court.
We Know When To Fight And When To Negotiate
Every divorce case is different and the situations, requirements and timelines will vary. Our attorneys understand the nuances of Pennsylvania’s divorce laws and how they apply to your specific circumstances.
When we first meet, we’ll list your priorities and what you are hoping for as the end result of the divorce. Any challenges that may interfere with the achievement of those goals will also be discussed. The divorce settlement will cover:
- Equitable distribution of property, assets and debts
- Disposition of the marital residence
- Child custody and visitation rights (if children are involved)
- Spousal support and alimony (if applicable)
- Child support and any necessary deviations from the guidelines
Our philosophy is to settle as many issues as possible out of court and litigate only those remaining issues that must be decided by the court. Our experienced trial lawyer will help you choose your battles and be prepared when litigation is required.
“There are four parties in a contested divorce: the spouses and their lawyers. Any one of those parties can blow it all sky high. I can’t speak for the other three, but I won’t be the one fanning the flames and making it more expensive.”
– Patrick McMenamin
Your Local Resource For Divorce
We will take the time to listen to you and then develop a customized plan of action. We’ll answer any questions and give you our best estimate of how long the process will take.