Pennsylvania Family Law Overview
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Dealing with divorce and other family legal procedures can be one of the most delicate and difficult affairs to go through in life. Contentious arguments driven by high emotion are not uncommon since disputing parties often have a history of intimacy. Also, the issues which family law deals with all have important implications for the future of everyone involved. However, family legal procedures that are defined by contentiousness alone can become extremely taxing, both financially and emotionally. A dependable family law attorney should be able to resolve a client’s family law issues in a clean and efficient manner, sparing spouses, children, and other family members from exorbitant expenses and emotional trauma.
At the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, our compassionate and experienced family law attorneys have practiced in the field for many years, achieving successful case results and establishing a reputation for success. We believe that communication is an essential component of quality legal representation; in other words, we make sure to listen to our clients and prioritize their goals and desires. If you have any questions regarding your case or why you should hire a Pennsylvania family law attorney, please call us today at (610) 645-0100 or (866) 290-9292.
"Sheryl Rentz is a highly competent family practice attorney. Her attention to detail, ability to fairly assess a situation, sense of empathy, and professionalism have influenced me to refer her to friends and family."
What Family Law Attorneys Do
Family law attorneys handle legal matters related to marriage and children, such as:
- Alimony/Spousal support
- Child custody
- Child visitation rights
- Child support
Whatever issues you are facing, a family law attorney should listen to your concerns and circumstances, explain your options, protect your rights, and act as your partner day by day to resolve the issues you are facing.
Facing any family conflict can be daunting. For example, many people think divorce is failure. But that’s not true. And nobody has to face it alone. A good attorney can help you find a way to resolve your legal issues and move on to the better future you deserve.
Pennsylvania Family Law and Financial Concerns
Divorce involves plenty of financial considerations, including alimony, support, asset division, and more. Only an attorney with a nuanced understanding of divorce law and its many statutes can ensure that you retain a secure financial future by assisting you with complex paperwork and negotiations. If you do not receive a fair ruling in this step of the divorce process, you may have a much tougher time moving forward. It’s absolutely vital that you protect your rights and get your fair share in order to avoid painful financial struggles later on.
Maintaining Your Relationship with Your Children
There is nothing more important to a parent than his or her child. That is why child custody and visitation are perhaps the touchiest subjects in family legal proceedings. The opposing spouse may try to wrest away from you time with your child and your influence over his or her development, whether due to the belief that he or she alone knows what’s best for the child or perhaps just plain personal resentment. Ideally, your relationship with your former spouse would have no effect on your relationship with your children, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. A reliable attorney will do their best to make sure you get enough face time with your children and also maintain some control over their upbringing.
Seeking Peaceful Resolutions When Possible and Fighting Hard When Necessary
Not all family law cases have to go to court. In fact, mediation, or resolution through outside negotiation, is much preferable to litigation. Litigation generally is much more costly and stressful. Our attorneys are trained in mediation and can help you resolve your case in conjunction with the opposing attorneys. While mediation is a great alternative, it is not always an option. Sometimes, disputes cannot be resolved between spouses, no matter what terms are presented by either side. Our attorneys do not shy away from the challenges presented in the courtroom. On the contrary, we are ready and willing to take on the toughest issues on behalf of our clients.
FAQ About Divorce & Child Custody
- Will my spouse be entitled to assets & property that I had before we got married?
It depends. Property and assets are divided into to two categories: marital and non-marital. Marital covers all money that was made during the marriage and property purchased during the marriage. Non-marital covers what you owned prior to getting married. For example, if you owned a business before you got married and never put your spouse’s name on the business, had your spouse contribute to it, or put any of the profits from the business into a joint account that was shared with your spouse, then it would probably be considered non-marital property. However, if your spouse assisted in the growth of the business in some way, he or she may be entitled to a portion.
- Who gets the house?
If there are children involved, the parent who acts as the primary caregiver will usually receive the family home. If there are no children, the house will go to the person who owns the house. In situations where the house is owned by both parties and there are no children, the court may order the house sold and the proceeds divided between the spouses.
- My ex is withholding my kids from me; what do I do?
If there is a visitation order in place and it is not being followed, let the courts know immediately. The violating parent will be held in contempt of court and will be forced to follow the order as it stands. If you do not have an order in place, contact an experienced lawyer who can help you get your children back.
- How do I help my kids handle the divorce?
Divorce can be hard on kids, so it is important to put your personal feelings about your ex to the side. Do not speak negatively about the other parent in the presence of the children. Let them know that it is not their fault and try to keep their routines as normal as possible.
- How will our property be divided?
Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state. This means that we do not do a 50/50 split in divorces. Instead, the courts try to make the split as fair as possible based on the financial state of each party.
Finding the Right Family Law Attorney For You
Although every licensed attorney has graduated from law school and passed the Pennsylvania State Bar Exam, attorneys are not commodities - no two are exactly alike. An effective strategy is to identify your top three candidates and then contact them to see which one is right for you and your needs.
Identifying attorneys in your area who practice family law is a simple matter of using your favorite search engine. However, relying on online ratings can be misleading. You may have co-workers, friends, or family members who could offer better recommendations if you ask.
Seeking third-party input can be useful as long as you make your own decision. The best way to decide is to wait until you have met with each of your top candidates. Ideally, your meetings should be face-to-face. Here at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, we want to make sure your choice in legal representation is an educated one, and one you can be satisfied with.
Get in Touch with a Montgomery County Attorney Now
If you find yourself in need of legal assistance with any family law issue, please do not hesitate to contact family law attorney Sheryl R. Rentz for a free initial evaluation of your case. We offer the experience, knowledge, and compassion you should expect from your attorney while dealing with sensitive family law issues. Contact us today for more information.