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Choosing the Right Kind of Divorce Process in Pennsylvania

no-fault-divorceAt Jennifer Courtney Law, a Bucks County family law firm, one of the first services we provide to our divorce clients is an in-depth description of the different types of divorce processes in order to help our clients make a smart decision about the divorce process that will work best for their unique circumstances.

With decades of relevant legal experience to their names, our attorneys have seen a lot of different types of marriages and different types of divorce proceedings. Our extensive background helps us evaluate new clients’ circumstances and provide advice about the best way to proceed through the divorce process. Contact us to schedule a consultation with a proven, practical family law attorney in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Types of Divorce

Legal separation — with a separation agreement — may work well for spouses who are not certain whether they want a legal divorce but need to live separately. The separation agreement protects each spouse and memorializes agreements about issues like child support, child custody and visitation.

In an uncontested divorce the spouses agree on all the issues. Then, you really only need a divorce attorney to memorialize the agreements in writing. Uncontested divorces keep costs very low. Even if you think your divorce is uncontested, however, it is always a good idea to consult an independent divorce lawyer before signing any agreements. An uncontested divorce is not the same thing as a no-fault divorce. A no-fault divorce can still be contested.

Divorce on fault grounds is rare for two main reasons: Pennsylvania does not require proof of fault to get a divorce, and proving fault in a divorce case is almost always an expensive process. In some circumstances, however, it may be worth exploring because marital fault can factor into alimony awards. Most Pennsylvania divorces proceed as no-fault divorces.

Contact The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C.

If you are considering divorce or legal separation, early divorce planning can go a long way towards minimizing the stress of ending a marriage. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers.