Protecting Your Interests In Divorce
Divorce is never easy, but we can help you get through the process in a way that is less stressful. With a knowledgeable, supportive lawyer on your side, you will have an advocate who protects your rights while providing the support you need.
Please call our Pittsburgh office at 412-621-6811 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced divorce lawyers.
Skilled Negotiation And Assertive Litigation Tactics
At Beroes Law Center, we are skilled litigators who are not afraid to take your case to court. Family law attorneys Elizabeth Ann Beroes and Julie Elizabeth Beroes have the knowledge and experience to protect you at trial. However, we know that aggressive, in-court litigation is not always the best method of resolution for every client.
As a result, we can also resolve divorce matters through negotiation or mediation as these methods often result in less anxiety and expense. We represent clients throughout Allegheny County and the surrounding area.
Skilled Assistance Through Each Stage Of Divorce
When an uncontested divorce is filed in Pennsylvania, the parties must separate for 90 days before the divorce can proceed. If one party contests the divorce, the other party must wait for a one-year period of living separate and apart from his or her spouse prior to proceeding to court for a final resolution. After the filing of a Divorce Complaint and a year of separation, the court will grant a divorce decree and final division of property, if these claims have been raised.
Pennsylvania family court strives for an equitable division of the marital estate. In divorce, equitable means “fair,” not necessarily 50-50. Marital assets may include real estate, vehicles, personal property, bank accounts, insurance, retirement savings and investments. Debts such as mortgages, car loans, credit card debt and taxes must also be divided. Our attorneys are experienced in addressing complex cases and preventing spouses from hiding assets in the settlement process.
Spousal support and alimony pendente lite (APL) are two different things. Spousal support is awarded while the couple of still married but separated, while APL applies after filing for divorce and is intended to assist the lower income earner during divorce litigation. Once the divorce if finalized and the marital estate settled, at that time, alimony may be awarded by the court if alimony factors have been satisfied.