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When you make the difficult decision to file for divorce, you need an experienced divorce attorney to help guide you through the process and make sure that your interests are well represented.
The divorce process begins with the filing of a divorce complaint. However, before a Divorce Decree ending the marriage can be entered, the divorcing spouses must determine how marital property and debts are to be divided and whether spousal support should be awarded.
Pennsylvania is an “equitable distribution” state. This refers to the way that spouses divide marital property and debts in a divorce. Unless there is a valid Prenuptial Agreement between the parties stating differently, marital property in Pennsylvania includes all assets and debts that either spouse acquired during the marriage.
Divorcing spouses with the help of their Berks County Divorce Lawyers can settle their equitable distribution issues by signing a formal Postnuptial Agreement. However, when they cannot the parties will engage in the formal legal process of equitable distribution of property through the Berks County Family Court. The process begins with an exchange of documents relating to the marital assets and debts. Then a Berks County Divorce Master may be appointed. The Divorce Master will conduct informal mediation sessions in an attempt to resolve the divorcing parties' economic issues.
If no resolution to the divorcing spouses' economic issues is reached during mediation, the Divorce Master will hold a hearing and issue a Recommended Order to a Berks County Court Family Judge resolving the divorcing spouses' economic disputes. Either party unsatisfied with the Divorce Master's recommendation can petition for a hearing in front of a family court judge. The judge will review the matter and issue a final order of court resolving the parties dispute.
At the Litvinov Law Firm, we will explain the court’s requirements to you, and thoroughly discuss your case with you. We will do everything possible to make sure you understand the divorce process and make knowledgeble decisions about your future and the future of your family.