Bucks County Divorce Lawyers – Divorce Advice
Using divorce experts has numerous advantages, but one certain advantage is that their advice is not based on rumor, myth, or some other type of misinformation. At the Law Office of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C. our Bucks County divorce lawyers expertly guide Pennsylvania clients to make informed decisions about divorce. We focus our practice exclusively on family law cases, bringing decades of experience and insight to handling divorce issues. By carefully explaining the options available under Pennsylvania divorce law, we work with our clients so they can achieve favorable outcomes.
Bucks County divorce lawyer – Dispelling misconceptions about divorce
When you announce to family members and close friends that you are getting a divorce, they often tell tales about their own divorce, offer words of warning, describe legal ramifications they encountered, and tell you how to deal with your divorce issues. Some may even start explaining divorce law, largely based on their own particular experience. The fact is—each divorce is different—with different obstacles, challenges, and a specific set of divorce laws that relate directly to that particular couple’s concerns.
Here are some misconceptions you may hear about your divorce in Pennsylvania:
- Equitable distribution of property means 50/50 division.
- Unlike other states, Pennsylvania is not a community property state, which is where the idea of 50/50 property division originates. Property division in Pennsylvania is based on equitable distribution which is not necessarily equal.
- Equitable distribution has nothing to do with premarital property or inheritances.
- While premarital property and inheritances are not considered marital property or subject to division, an increase in the value of that property is considered part of the marital estate. During divorce, the increased value would be divided between the spouses under Pennsylvania equitable distribution law.
- Mothers always get primary custody.
- Today in Bucks County and cases we handle throughout Pennsylvania, judges determine child custody based on the best interests of the child. The parent serving as the primary caregiver is often awarded primary custody, which could be either parent.
If you have questions about equitable distribution, child custody, or other divorce-related issues, contact an experienced Bucks County divorce lawyer at The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C. for an initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you. We return all calls and emails promptly.