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Filing for Divorce in Pennsylvania

Lawyers Helping You File for Divorce in Pennsylvania

Putting comprehensive legal knowledge and skills at your disposal

The process of obtaining a divorce may seem fairly straightforward; however, each case is different and presents its own unique challenges. The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas in West Chester has been leading clients to successful resolutions since 1987. At this firm, you get the information and advice you need to make sound decisions for you and your family.

Understanding the legal minutiae that affect how you get divorced

There are several variables that affect the divorce process in Chester County, and an accomplished divorce lawyer can provide the most accurate and up-to-date advice. The attorneys at this firm act as mediators and assist couples in reaching mutually beneficial agreements about issues such as spousal support, child support and custody. In addition to being skilled negotiators, they also have the legal acumen to vigorously represent you in court to resolve any and all disputes.

Pennsylvania law establishes residency requirements that must be adhered to when seeking to obtain a divorce. To file for divorce in a Pennsylvania jurisdiction, at least one of the parties must have been a Pennsylvania resident for at least six months prior to filing. A divorce petition may be brought:

  • In the county where the defendant lives
  • In the plaintiff’s county of residence if the defendant lives in another state
  • In the matrimonial county if the plaintiff has continuously lived in that county
  • In the county where the plaintiff lives if the filing is less than six months after the final date of separation
  • In either party’s county of residence if the filing is more than six months after the final date of separation

While there is no formal legal separation in Pennsylvania, a no-fault divorce may be granted if one of the parties refuses to consent to divorce and the parties have lived separate and apart for at least two years.

The effect of minor children on the divorce process

The divorce process for a couple with no minor children tends to be somewhat less complicated than a divorce involving minors. When children are involved, issues of child support, custody and visitation must be addressed. There are several factors that courts consider when deciding support and custody matters, but the primary concern is always what is in the best interests of the child.

Look no further than this Chester County law firm for all your divorce answers

The divorce process doesn’t have to be confusing and exhausting. The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas features West Chester attorneys who are committed to reducing your anxiety and giving you the support you need to get on with your life. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and accommodations can be made after hours to fit your schedule. Contact the firm online or call 610-692-3460 to discuss your case today.

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  • West Chester Office
    1221 West Chester Pike
    West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
    Phone: 610-692-3460
    Fax: 610-692-4076