Answering Your Family Law Questions
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Evans, we see many clients every year seeking answers to their family law questions. Here are a few of the most common questions we see. Please read through these questions and answers, and contact us to discuss your case.
Do I need a lawyer for a divorce in Pennsylvania?
Yes and no. If you want to handle your divorce or other family law issue on your own without a lawyer, you can. However, if you want to make sure your rights are protected and that you get the outcome you need, working with an experienced attorney is essential.
There are numerous pitfalls and potential mistakes that you won’t recognize without legal knowledge and experience. With more than 30 years of legal experience, we can help you navigate the divorce process to make sure you get the results you need.
What should I do to prepare for a divorce?
One of the first things you should do is contact an attorney. Make sure you organize your financial records and other important documents, and make copies of everything.
Divorce preparation is as much about what you should NOT do as it is about what you should. It is important that you do not do anything to separate your children from your spouse or say bad things about your partner to your child. This could later be construed as intentional alienation, and you could lose out on some privileges of being with your child.
Also, do NOT try to hide assets from your spouse or spend money recklessly to avoid the assets being divided. Hidden assets are almost always uncovered in the divorce process, and this discovery could be devastating to your overall financial outcome.
Finally, be cautious about your online presence. Images and videos of you behaving badly on Facebook or other social media could be used in the court and could hurt your case.
How are assets divided in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is an equitable division state, which means that assets are not necessarily divided equally. Rather than focusing on an equal 50/50 split, Pennsylvania judges just try to divide assets equitably. Other divorce factors like child support, custody and spousal support are all taken into consideration when determining the division of assets and debts.
How can I make sure I get time with my child after a Pennsylvania divorce?
It is critical to present as a good parent when going through the process. Also, with a strong attorney negotiating on your side, we can create a parenting plan that will allow you the time you need with your child or children.