Addressing The Legal Aspects Of Divorce
Divorce is a common problem. Statisticians tell us that about half of American marriages end in divorce. You are not alone as you face the challenges of a breakdown of your marriage. Attorney Peppetti in Altoona is available to serve as a valuable advocate and ally through this process. The Law Office of Joel D. Peppetti, P.C., serves clients throughout Blair County and neighboring counties such as Cambria and Bedford counties.
What Are The Grounds For A Divorce?
The first component of every Pennsylvania divorce is the justification, or the legal grounds, for dissolving the marriage. This component includes fault grounds and no-fault grounds. Under the fault grounds, the court may grant a divorce for desertion, adultery, cruel treatment, bigamy, imprisonment or indignities. Under the no-fault grounds, the court may grant a divorce when both spouses consent or when the marriage is irretrievably broken and the spouses have lived separate and apart for a period of at least one year.
What Are Your Economic Rights In A Divorce?
The second component of every Pennsylvania divorce is the economic claims, or economic rights, of the spouses. This component includes spousal support, the division of marital property, the assignment of marital debt and an award of alimony. Spousal support is determined by calculating the net income of each spouse while the equitable distribution of marital property and an award of alimony are based on different factors. It is vital to consult with a divorce attorney who is experienced in both the calculation of support amounts as well as analyzing the factors to divide the marital assets and debt in a fair manner.
Are Child Custody And Child Support Part Of A Divorce?
Many of the facts and legal issues will overlap, but child custody and child support are separate actions from a divorce. Generally, a child custody complaint and a child support complaint are filed separately. It is possible to include a child custody agreement in the settlement of a divorce; however, divorce and child custody may be filed as two separate legal actions. Attorney Peppetti handles all family law matters involving divorce, spousal support, distribution of marital property, alimony, child custody, child support, termination of parental rights and adoption.
How Are Family Law Issues Resolved?
Whether you are dealing with a complex divorce or an emotional child custody dispute, attorney Peppetti is available to help you resolve the problem. These issues may be handled through domestic relations conferences, custody mediation conferences, pretrial hearings, divorce settlement conferences, evidentiary hearings, equitable distribution hearings or trials. At the Law Office of Joel D. Peppetti, P.C., you will work with a lawyer who knows the law and the proper procedures to guide you to a favorable outcome.