Realistically, marriage is as much of a business relationship as it is a romantic relationship. For that reason, it is wise to consult with an attorney about the advantages of premarital or prenuptial agreements before marrying.
Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. During the divorce process, “marital assets” as well as “marital debts” are divided. In many cases, divorcing spouses disagree as it concerns their post-marriage financial arrangements and the care and custody of their children.
Property division, spousal and child support, and child custody are often hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings. Early advice from a competent family law attorney may be able to favorably impact the ultimate result in your divorce proceeding.
If you and your partner were legally married or validly entered into a same-sex civil union or domestic partnership in Pennsylvania (or another state or country) and you currently reside in Pennsylvania, you can now get divorced in Pennsylvania.
In order for the Pennsylvania Court to be able to have the power to grant your divorce, you must have lived in Pennsylvania for at least six months or more.
Although similar to regular divorce, there are many subtle aspects to same-sex divorce that we are aware of and can help you with.
Child custody and visitation
Sometimes the parents agree on a custodial arrangement; sometimes, however, they cannot agree and what is in the “best interests of the children” must be decided by a Judge or a Custody Master.
As a general rule (although it may not be appropriate in all cases) the courts favor shared child rearing responsibilities. The advice and assistance of a family law attorney can help you to establish child custody and visitation agreements that focus on the best interests of the children.
Parents are legally obligated to financially support their children. An order for child support may be entered as soon as the parties are no longer residing together, whether or not they have ever married, or, if they have married, whether a divorce is pending or not.
Either parent may be ordered to pay support depending upon how custody is arranged. As a parent, you can benefit from the advice and involvement of a family law attorney when child support issues arise.
Every adoption, whether foreign or domestic, requires the action and approval of a court to become final. Adopted children generally receive all the benefits afforded to natural children, and parents owe adopted children the same legal duties of care and support owed to a natural or birth child of the marriage.
Both adoptive and birth parents can benefit from the sound legal advice throughout all phases of the adoption process.