Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Below are some commonly asked questions and answers about divorce.

How long does it take to get divorced?

By working with an attorney, you may be able to move your divorce along faster than trying to do it all yourself. In some cases you may be able to complete your divorce proceedings in a few months, while other divorces could take a year or more. The more amicable the divorce, generally the shorter period of time it will take to complete. If you and your spouse have agreed on most things, the divorce can move faster than if there are arguments over property, money and children that have to be settled.

How much does it cost to get divorced?

The price of a divorce can vary a lot. For people who do it themselves the cost is small, but there may be risks to doing that. Having a legal advocate on your side can make things easier, and can help ensure that you get what's fair to you. The more complex your divorce is, and the longer it takes to complete, the more it will cost. However, that extra cost can be worth it in the end.

What is a no-fault divorce?

A no-fault divorce is one in which neither party has really done something to cause the divorce, such as adultery, fraud or other issues. Many people call these no-fault divorces "irreconcilable differences." In short, you and your spouse just no longer love each other, get along or want to remain married. The majority of divorces filed in Pennsylvania are no-fault divorces. However, they should to be confused with uncontested divorces. No-fault divorce does not mean that spouses agree on all issues, such as custody and support.

How is divorce different when children are involved?

If you and your spouse have children together, getting divorced may be more complicated. Parenting classes, extra fees and extra time with your attorney or negotiating with one another may be required. Ultimately, it's best to work with your spouse to do what's right for the children. That can include the amount of child support, who receives custody and how often the other parent will see the children.

If you need a lawyer to handle your divorce case in the greater Philadelphia or Southern New Jersey area, contact Previtera & Schimmel today. We can help you move through the legal process, work to get what's fair to you in the divorce and help you gain back some peace of mind. While divorce can be a difficult process, working with the right attorney helps to make it easier. Call 800-580-9136 to schedule an appointment at our office.