The staggering statistics regarding the rate of divorce means you are not alone -- but it doesn't make it any easier to navigate the legal system, and the waves of emotional reactions you'll experience throughout the process. Your attorney will help guide you through each step of your divorce, and provide high quality, legal services.
Grounds for Divorce
Although you can obtain grounds for divorce for several fault-based reasons, Pennsylvania offers "no fault" divorce. You do not need to establish whether anyone is at fault when the marriage ends. You and your spouse can seek grounds for divorce after you consent to the divorce, or after you have been separated for one year.
The Divorce Process
The first step is often the hardest step. We offer free consultations to help you clarify the process, whether you are just thinking about divorce, or whether you have already started divorce proceedings. Your attorney at the Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley can help you determine how to move forward. We will explain the many-step process required by the law to finalize a divorce, including Equitable Distribution.
The process of Equitable Distribution, or property distribution, can be confusing, and your attorney will help you identify and value all marital assets, and help you distribute marital liabilities. Your attorney will help you determine the value of your assets, including your marital residence, your retirement accounts, and your pension, and help you determine whether your spouse is entitled to some of the value of that asset.