A Compassionate Legal Team for a Bucks County Divorce
Skilled Divorce Lawyers Serving Newtown, Doylestown and the Surrounding Areas
If you’re seeking a divorce, it may seem like there’s a mountain of issues you need to resolve — and you might not even know where to start. At Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier, our goal is to make this entire process easier for you and your loved ones, and we give you the personal attention and care you need during this challenging time. Work with our Bucks County divorce lawyers to address the issues that will help you get a fresh start at life.
Filing for Divorce in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
To seek a divorce, you must be a resident of the state in question and have a legally acceptable reason (or “grounds”) to dissolve the marriage. You first need to file the appropriate paperwork with the court and serve your spouse with the documents. He or she will have the opportunity to dispute any information or claims made in these documents, referred to as “contesting” a divorce.
In many situations, you can work with your former spouse to work out matters like division of marital assets, child custody, child support, visitation and alimony through an out-of-court settlement. If that’s simply not possible, you may need to take your case to court, where a judge will make decisions on any contentious issues. Whether you’re able to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse or you need to go to court, a family law attorney can help you navigate the process.
The Different Types of Divorce
There are two main types of divorce in Pennsylvania: fault and no-fault. Most divorces are of the no-fault variety, where neither partner is deemed responsible for the dissolution of a marriage. You and your former spouse may agree that the marriage is broken beyond repair, in which case you should both file an affidavit with the court consenting to a divorce. The court will then grant the divorce after a waiting period of 90 days. A divorce may also be considered “no-fault” if one partner is institutionalized for a mental illness.
In some situations, one spouse may be at fault for a divorce, such as in cases of adultery, domestic abuse, abandonment or imprisonment. Although this form of divorce is less common, it can allow you to secure more favorable results for child support and child custody issues, spousal support and the division of marital property.
Speak with Our Knowledgeable Bucks County Divorce Lawyers
Going through a divorce is never easy, but the experienced PA lawyers at Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety you’re likely feeling. Give us a call or contact us online to get started. We have conveniently located offices in Newtown, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey.