When Divorce Is On The Horizon — Or Up Close

Although divorce is common in American society, that doesn't make it any easier for anyone to deal with. It also doesn't mean most divorces are alike. In fact, every individual, couple and family lives out unique personal circumstances that often lead to divorce.

In fact, divorce is challenging for nearly everyone. A famous psychiatric study found that divorce was second only to the death of a spouse in terms of stressfulness (73 points for a divorce, compared to 100 for the death of a spouse). Of course, marriage itself is good for 50 points according to the study, so who knows what such numbers actually mean.

The point is this: Life is stressful. Quality legal advice can light the way as you envision dark days ahead. An experienced attorney can become a valuable resource for you throughout the process of a divorce. Get the information you need without delay by requesting a consultation as soon as "divorce" is entering your vocabulary when you speak of your future.

I am divorce attorney Justin P. Miller in Bellefonte and I welcome the opportunity to explain how to plan for your Pennsylvania divorce and make it through all phases with your best interests front and center. I am here to help and provide the information and guidance you will need along the way.

Whether You Knew The Divorce Was Coming Or Were Caught By Surprise, You Need Legal Counsel

It may be that you knew a divorce was coming or you may have been blindsided by your spouse's filing for dissolution. You may know that Pennsylvania, like nearly all other states, has "no-fault" divorce.

You will not have to prove to a court that your spouse wronged you in order to get a divorce. Your husband or wife can also set a divorce in motion simply by deciding to do so. A judge can grant the divorce in 90 days if both parties consent. Without mutual consent, a decree of divorce can be entered after the parties have been separated for a period of two years.

Divorce 101: Some Of The Basics

The legal aspects can be costly and burdensome — but necessary. When your divorce is complete, you and your spouse will walkaway with all your property divided and a court order spelling out your rights and responsibilities for raising your children, if applicable.

The division of marital assets and debts, called "equitable distribution", can be agreed on by the parties or, if they can't reach an agreement, will be decided by a judge. If you can't agree, the court will also decide how much — if any — spousal support, or alimony, will be paid after the divorce is granted.

Get The Important Conversation About Your Legal Matters Underway — Call Or Email The Law Office Of Justin P. Miller

If you are contemplating separation or divorce, you should have an attorney at your side who will give you realistic, unvarnished advice while you contemplate this momentous life change and who can then help you through the process if you decide to go forward. Call the Law Office of Justin P. Miller today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 814-359-7268 or complete our online intake form to request a consultation with a skilled lawyer.