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We can help victims of domestic violence, abuse

People in the Pittsburgh metro area, including in Butler County, may think that matters of domestic violence are issues that police and criminal prosecutors handle. While that is true, and victims of domestic violence should not hesitate to contact law enforcement, family lawyers like those who work at our law office can also help prevent domestic violence an abuse, specifically by obtaining or modifying what is called a protection from abuse ("PFA") order.

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a time and money saving alternative to the traditional divorce litigation process. Rather than engaging in contentious courtroom disputes, divorcing couples may wish to avoid litigation and consider collaborative family law as an alternative. Divorcing couples may wonder, however, how collaborative divorce works.

What does the court consider when dividing marital property?

When a Pennsylvania couple gets a divorce, one of the biggest issues that must be settled is how to divide assets, decide who will get the marital home and other aspects of how to transfer property. That which was accrued during the marriage will frequently be in dispute. To have a baseline as to how this is settled, there is a general rule for the equitable division of this property that the spouses should understand as the process moves forward. When the property is divided, marital misconduct is not considered. The court will decide what is fair after the relevant factors have been considered.

Benefits of collaborative law

Collaborative law divorce is an alternative to the traditional divorce process that is commonly litigated in family law court. The process aims to help divorcing couples work together to resolve divorce-related concerns before they become disputes and without the need for litigation. Because litigation can be costly financially and emotionally and time consuming, it is beneficial when divorcing couples are able to avoid litigation.

Important facts for those seeking legal custody of a child

Child custody can be a complex and emotional issue for parents and other relatives in Pennsylvania. It goes without saying that the child's best interests should be paramount and, in seeking that, the law has taken steps to list who can file for physical or legal custody of a child. Also important are the issues of co-parenting, shared custody or supervised physical custody for certain people. When this is an issue, having a firm grasp of the law is the first step to knowing how to settle it.

Understanding a temporary protective order in Pennsylvania

It is an unfortunate reality that there are times when domestic abuse takes place between people in a relationship in Pennsylvania. There are certain steps that a person who is facing abuse and violence can take to put a legal stop to it. Understanding the criteria for this can help with filing an order to be protected. Following the steps is important to getting the temporary and then final order.

What factors are relevant when determining spousal support?

In a Pennsylvania divorce, decisions on how to divide assets, who will get the marital home, the method by which to transfer property, and the discovery of hidden assets all might come to the forefront as the process moves forward. However, when looking at certain complex matters, it is easy to forget the basic tenets of a case. The amount of support and how it is determined from the supporting spouse to the receiving spouse can frequently be obscured. Knowing the relevant factors when the amount of support - also known as alimony - is decided upon is a major factor in any case.

The importance of establishing paternity

One of the most important parts of a divorce case for parents is often child custody. Most parents want to be able to remain in their children's lives and spend time with them, even after a marriage has ended. However, fathers who do not legally have paternity of their children may not be able to win custody or visitation rights in a divorce case.

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