Ambridge Divorce Lawyers Serve Beaver County, PA
Straightforward guidance throughout your divorce proceedings
If you have decided to get a divorce, you know your life is about to change. Caught between past regrets and hopes for your future, you may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the present. But the dedicated attorneys at Bowers & Fawcett are ready to help with reliable guidance that can take much of the worry out of the divorce process. We help you focus on positive and realistic goals for your life after divorce, and we work diligently to deliver the best possible results. Throughout every phase of the divorce process, we are committed to protecting your rights and advancing your interests.
Reliable guidance through the divorce process in Pennsylvania
Every divorce is different, because every married couple and every family is different. Fortunately, Pennsylvania family law allows for several processes of marital dissolution. Here are your options:
- Legal separation — If you are not certain whether you want a final divorce, or you have a religious objection to divorce, you can file for a legal separation. This process allows you to settle all of the same issues you would decide in divorce — alimony, child custody, child support, and property division — but your marriage is not completely dissolved and neither spouse is free to remarry.
- Divorce by mutual consent — If you and your spouse agree to a divorce, you can pursue this no-fault option. The petitioner affirms the marriage is irretrievably broken and the respondent spouse agrees. The parties reach a settlement on their issues and present that agreement to the court for approval. If the parties only reach a partial settlement, outstanding issues are scheduled for trial.
- Divorce after a two-year separation — Couples who have lived separately for a period of two years can pursue this type of no-fault divorce. In many cases, the couple’s legal separation agreement can become the basis for the court’s divorce decree.
- Fault-based divorce — Pennsylvania also allows a wronged spouse to file for divorce based on marital misconduct. Grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania include adultery, abandonment, bigamy, cruelty, conviction of a crime and imprisonment for two or more years, and humiliation of an innocent spouse.
If you are contemplating divorce or have been served with divorce papers, you should speak with an experienced divorce attorney immediately to discuss your options.
Comprehensive representation during the course of your divorce
From start to finish, our firm handles all aspects of your divorce including:
- Child custody — Perhaps the most contentious issue in any divorce, child custody is your right to continuous, meaningful contact with your children and the authority to make decisions for their health and welfare. Our child custody lawyers advocate strongly for your parental rights, by bringing to the court’s attention all pertinent facts supporting your custody request.
- Child support — Pennsylvania law recognizes a child’s right to support from both parents. We fight for child support orders that accurately reflect your financial circumstances and serve your children’s best interests.
- Spousal support — Under Pennsylvania law, either spouse can request alimony, including pendente lite support during the divorce process.
- Division of property — Pennsylvania follows the law of equitable distribution, which requires the court to divide all marital assets and debts in a manner that is fair, but not necessarily equal. We fight for your financial rights by bringing to the court’s attention relevant facts that support your claims to property, including pensions, retirement savings and investments.
Divorce can be complicated and contentious, but we are often able to reach mutually beneficial resolutions to key issues through traditional negotiation or mediation. In certain cases, where parties still retain a foundation of trust, it is possible to settle issues through the collaborative process. However, divorce mediation and collaborative divorce are not for everyone. An experienced divorce attorney at our firm can help you decide on the process that best fits your circumstances.
Consult with a divorce lawyer in western Pennsylvania today
When you need assistance, work with the experienced divorce attorneys at Bowers & Fawcett, LLC in the Pittsburgh area. Give us a call at 724-266-0290 or contact us online. We maintain flexible office hours for your convenience. Our office is located right off State Route 65, about 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.