Amicable Divorce Legal Services

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The amicable divorce legal services that I provide involve self-determination and settling out of court. This is also the case for mediation services. However, they are quite different in significant ways (see Mediation Services page). With legal services your lawyer is your advocate, acts on your behalf only and can provide you with legal advice as well as legal services. The lawyer-client relationship is unique with its own set of rules and privileges.

In Pennsylvania, the only state in which I practice law (primarily Chester County), it is possible to complete a divorce and related matters without the parties ever having to go into court. In a nutshell, if you agree on how to settle your relevant circumstances (for example – splitting finances, custody, child support, alimony and spousal support), your case usually can be finished by appropriate paperwork with no requirement that you appear in court. 

Please Note the Following Points

When I serve as a lawyer in an amicable divorce case, my client and I discuss things that are relevant to that individual such as division of assets and debts, child custody, child support, alimony and spousal support. We go over his or her unique circumstances and wishes. I advise about the laws and discuss how they may wish to settle their case.

This is teamwork. My part is to listen and inform. My client’s part is to make the decisions as to how to settle; after all it is this person, along with the family members, who will be living with the results.

If you agree on how to resolve the relevant issues, whether or not the court system would decide something similar generally does not matter.

Depending on the circumstances, settling out of court sometimes is not possible or may not even be a good idea. Litigation may be the best option or necessary. Since the focus of my practice is settlement based, I do not litigate. If my clients become involved in litigation, I either 1.) continue to work on the case along with a family law litigator for court appearances and related work or 2.) stop working on the case and provide information to help contact an attorney who does family law litigation.