Navigating You Through The Divorce Process

Divorce involves untangling and separating two lives that have been commingled for years or even decades. Even when spouses agree on how to separate their lives, divorce is a process that should be handled by a skilled lawyer who is knowledgeable in Pennsylvania divorce law. There are very specific legal timeframes, processes and procedures that you must abide by. Whether you have a simple divorce or more complex divorce, it is wise to consult with a lawyer who knows the laws and the procedures, and can navigate you through the process in a cost-effective and timely manner, while protecting your interests. Handling a divorce on your own can lead to costly mistakes, significant delays and lost time, and added stress and uncertainty.

At Ayla O'Brien Law Firm, P.C., we handle every stage of your divorce, including:

  • Drafting and filing of all divorce pleadings
  • Handling all matters related to division of marital assets and debt (equitable distribution)
  • Handing all matters related to spousal support, alimony pendent lite, and alimony
  • Vigorously representing your interests and the interests of your children in child custody and child support proceedings
  • Seeking and defending against Protection From Abuse orders in cases involving domestic violence
  • Representation in negotiations with the goal of settlement
  • Representation in court and litigation services

Protecting Your Property Interests During Divorce

Aside from child custody matters, property division tends to be the most complex aspect of divorce. Pennsylvania follows the model of equitable distribution, meaning that marital property needs to be divided fairly, but not necessarily equally.

The first step is to identify all of the marital property and debt that is up for division. This includes a thorough investigation of all of your marital assets, including:

  • Bank accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Properties
  • Vehicles
  • Retirement accounts (pensions, 401(k)s and IRAs)
  • Other significant property acquired during the marriage
  • Martial debt (including mortgages and credit card debt)

Property and debt acquired prior to marriage or after separation may be considered separate and belonging to just one spouse. The same would be true of an inheritance given to just one spouse or property specifically listed in a prenuptial agreement. However, you need an experienced attorney to identify and protect your separate property that is not part of your marital estate.

Spousal Support, Alimony Pendente Lite, And Alimony

Each spouse's contributions to the family are not always financially equal. Therefore, divorcing equitably also may require some form of ongoing financial support. Whether this support is called spousal support, alimony pendente lite, or alimony depends on a number of factors, including whether it is paid prior to or during the divorce process or after the divorce has been finalized. Whether you will be seeking support or seeking to avoid these obligations, our firm is ready to help you through the process.

Discuss Your Case With An Experienced Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce, or contemplating divorce, contact our firm. Call 215-596-4913 to schedule a consultation. Our firm is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients in Bucks County and surrounding counties.