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Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law

Divorce

Will my standard of living change?

It may. You and your spouse will need separate residences and will no longer share a single set of bills. If you didn't work during the marriage, you may be faced with the prospect of reentering the workforce. In some cases, support, alimony, and division of marital property are very straightforward and we can quickly give you an idea of what to expect. In complex cases, we are adept at understanding the long-term tax planning and other intricate financial implications of how you set up the division of property, support, and alimony. Our experienced divorce attorneys, in Erie, PA, steer our clients toward the fairest and advantageous outcomes possible.

Will I have to go to court?

Most of our divorce cases settle and don't go to trial. Our philosophy is that when our opponents realize that litigation is going to be risky for them because of our strength of knowledge and preparation of the case, they come to the table to negotiate a settlement. If your case does require a trial for spousal support, custody or division of property issues, our experienced divorce attorneys go into the courtroom with the power of decades of experience, well-respected litigators, and a flawlessly prepared case.

How long will it take?

A divorce can range from a few months to a few years. In a divorce in which both parties agree they want the divorce, called an uncontested divorce, there is a 90-day cooling off period after which both parties can file the documents to obtain a decree. No one has to appear in court. If there are no outstanding claims, the final divorce decree can be entered. If one party does not agree to the divorce and it's contested, they have to wait two years from the date of separation before they can move forward to resolve the economic issues and enter a divorce decree.