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Tabano and Associates is a Pittsburgh based law firm concentrating in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, alimony and paternity. We understand that separation and divorce is the most difficult time of a person’s life. How you resolve your divorce will impact every aspect of your future: your finances, your family, your children, your lifestyle, even your retirement. We are Pittsburgh Divorce Lawyers dedicated to representing every client with integrity, dedication, and with the understanding that you are trusting us to resolve your divorce or family law matter as if you were a member of our family.
An action for divorce is commenced with the filing of a Divorce Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas. In addition to requesting the court to grant a divorce, the complaint may also include counts involving the following issues:
- Equitable Distribution – division of marital assets
- Child Support
- Spousal Support / Alimony / Alimony Pendente Lite / Counsel Fees
- Child Custody
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Divorce?
Divorce is the process by which a marriage is legally ended. In Pennsylvania, a divorce can be granted by the court as either fault or no-fault. Most often divorces are granted as no-fault in cases where the parties have irreconcilable differences. This is the quickest and easiest way to get a divorce. Some divorces, however, are granted based on the ”fault” of one of the parties. Divorce cases range from the simple and uncontested to the complex.
What Happens After I file for a Divorce?
You may complete the entire divorce process without ever having to go to court. Often times each party will retain the services of an attorney and the attorneys will exchange information and negotiate a settlement of all issues in your case. This settlement becomes a written court order and your case is completed. Other times the couple getting divorced has already agreed on what they want to do before ever seeing the lawyer. In this situation the lawyer sees to it that the proper paperwork is processed according to the rules of the court and makes sure that you will not have any problems in the future. In all cases an attorney is necessary to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your case is handled properly so that you will not have future problems.
Will I have to go to Court?
Often times you will not ever have to go to court. Each party can obtain an attorney, exchange information and negotiate a settlement. Sometimes the parties already know how they want to divide the assets. In cases where you feel you are being treated unfairly, our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights in and out of court. In all cases, an attorney is necessary to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your case is handled properly to avoid future problems.
Is there a mandatory waiting period before a divorce can be granted?
There is a mandatory waiting period in Pennsylvania of 90 days from the date of filing the divorce. At that time the parties may sign consents to the divorce if they so choose.
Is Child Custody and Support part of the divorce process?
Issues regarding child custody and support are handled in family court, usually by the same judge assigned to the divorce case. However, there are separate court hearings and procedures to determine child custody and support. These issues can continue for years after a divorce is granted and center on what is best for the child. Our Pittsburgh divorce lawyers can help you navigate this complex system.
We Fight for the Rights of Our Clients. The way a divorce, custody or support case is handled not only affects today, but can affect your personal and financial life for a lifetime. Our experience gives clients a great chance of achieving favorable results in their cases. Contact us today if you are facing a family law issue. We handle all aspects of the divorce process, finding solutions through divorce mediation whenever possible, but always prepared to fight for your interests in court. We put our skill and experience to work on every case we take on, so that our clients have the best possible chance at a better tomorrow. We will explore with you the various options available, to find the approach that will work best for you and your family. Our experience and reputations results in your case being resolved fairly and at a much lower cost to you.
You deserve an attorney that is there for you — someone who answers your phone calls, keeps you informed and is committed to helping you resolve your problems.We offer free telephone consultations. Please contact us for details.