Every year, more than 35,000 divorces or annulments occur in Pennsylvania. The Law Offices of Jack A. Rounick, LLC appreciate that your experience and situation is unique. Clients through the decades have trusted Attorney Rounick to guide them through one of most trying chapters of their lives, so they can move from this chapter of their life.
Mr. Rounick is in a better position than most Southeastern, Pa lawyers you may be exploring, due in part to his intimate knowledge of the law. He helped to craft the state’s Divorce Code and authored a 6-volume series on Pennsylvania Matrimonial Practice.
He is a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Family Law Section and President of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys. When not advocating for the profession through these affiliations, Mr. Rounick applies his experience to help other lawyers as a lecturer in family law. This depth of experience benefits clients in achieving prompt and satisfying resolution.
Any divorce proceeding is largely defined as “dissolution of marriage,”Once the divorce is granted (via the final court order or decree), you are free to legally remarry. Most divorces also include division of property, and custody and child support, should children be involved.
In Pennsylvania you are not required to hire a lawyer for your divorce. “Do-it-yourself” may work just fine for everyday tasks, but this method is not advisable when it comes to the legal complexities and implications of divorce, and potentially spousal and child support. Taxes and property division alone are usually more than someone without specialized legal and financial expertise is able to handle effectively. Too much is on the line to trust these proceedings to just any family lawyer or an individual without in-depth legal knowledge in this practice area.
Pennsylvania allows for both “fault” and “no fault” divorces.The latter refers to an arrangement whereby neither party blames the other for the breakdown of the marriage. It involves either divorce by agreement or required period of separation. Since there are no accusations leveled, there is no need to prove guilt. Typically, these types of proceedings are associated with the term “irreconcilable differences.” This approach has traditionally been considered a humane and realistic way to dissolve a marriage in situations where both parties are unhappy or can agree to move on with their lives.
Not all states retain fault divorces. In Pennsylvania, you may also claim grounds for divorce based on desertion, adultery, cruel and barbarous treatment, bigamy, imprisonment of the spouse (sentencing for a term of at least two years), and “indignities” such as conduct that is humiliating, degrading, neglectful, and abusive and occurs over a period of time (is not an isolated incident). It is not necessary to do so if you meet the no fault requirements of agreement or separation.
Have you been served with a divorce action? Or perhaps you are on the cusp of filing? Whatever your needs or personal situation, the Law Offices of Jack A. Rounick is here to help. Call 484-684-6055 to schedule a consultation.