Bucks County Divorce Lawyers
Our Bucks County Divorce Attorneys Have Your Concerns in Mind
We recognize that divorce, custody, or other family law matters can leave you feeling overwhelmed, wondering where to begin. Our experienced and knowledgeable Bucks County attorneys take a compassionate approach to alleviate your concerns and develop a roadmap to the future you imagine.
You’ll Have Experienced Bucks County Lawyers on Your Side
Cooley & Handy focuses exclusively on family law. With decades of experiences, our attorneys can confidently handle a variety of matters, from the simplest to the most complex cases.
Meet our team of experienced Bucks County Divorce Attorneys. Our attorneys are experts in the following family law matters:
- Divorce: The divorce process in Pennsylvania begins with the filing of a complaint by either spouse. If you or your spouse have lived in Bucks County, PA for at least the six months immediately prior, then this is where you will file your complaint. This is the first step towards resolving your custody, support, and property division matters. You can learn about the steps in Bucks County’s divorce process here.
- Equitable Distribution: This is the process of identifying, valuing, and dividing the property you and your spouse have acquired during your marriage. Since Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, property is not necessarily divided 50/50. Instead, the Bucks County Family Masters will consider and analyze several factors to determine a division that is “equitable” or “fair” for you and your spouse.
- Spousal support/Alimony Pendente Lite/Alimony: In Pennsylvania, support is paid by the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse. Spousal support is paid while the parties are separated, but before a divorce complaint has been filed. Alimony Pendente Lite (APL) is paid while the divorce is pending, and alimony is paid after a divorce has been finalized. The Domestic Relations Office in Bucks County, PA uses a formula to determine how much spousal support or APL is owed based on the income or earning capacities of you and your spouse. Alimony in Bucks County is awarded on a case-by-case basis, after an analysis of several factors.
- Child Custody: Pennsylvania focuses on the best interests of the children in custody actions. Custody is defined as both physical, meaning with whom does the child reside, and legal, meaning who makes the educational, health, and religious decisions for the child. Our Bucks County attorneys can help you determine a suitable custody arrangement for your family. In Bucks County, custody disputes are resolved through a multi-level process, which you can learn more about here.
- Child Support: Pennsylvania law requires parents to financially support their child until they are emancipated, which occurs when a child turns 18 and graduates from high school. Pennsylvania has set forth guidelines for determining the appropriate amount of support owed for any number of children based on the income or earning capacities of the parents. In Bucks County, PA, once a support complaint is filed, you and the other parent will attend a conference at Domestic Relations in order to determine an appropriate support order, and then if needed, a hearing before a judge.
Get Informed and Prepared For Your Bucks County Divorce
While no amount of research can replace a tailored consultation with one of our experienced Bucks County family law attorneys, you can gather more information and prepare for your family law matter by visiting our blog section. Our step-by-step guide is great place to start getting ready for your Bucks County Divorce.
Contact Our Bucks County Divorce Attorneys
When you are ready to proceed with your Bucks County family law matter, contact us at 215.345.8000 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Our offices are conveniently located in Doylestown, PA, in the Doylestown Agriculture Works building at 100 S. Main Street, Suite 201, Doylestown, PA 18901. There is ample parking, and we are just three blocks from the Bucks County Justice Center. Additional information regarding the Bucks County Justice Center can be found here.
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