Advising you throughout your divorce
Before you begin the divorce process, except in cases of abuse or domestic violence, you should always talk to your spouse or try to resolve the situation through mediation. If you decide that you wish to pursue a divorce, you and your spouse each need to contact separate attorneys to begin the divorce process although, at times a party may not wish to be represented and can then represent themself. The Varga Law Offices is prepared to help you choose your battles and protect your best interests.
What are the requirements for the two types of divorce in PA?
Pennsylvania provides two types of divorce: fault based and no-fault divorce. Regardless of the form of divorce you pursue, you must be a Pennsylvania resident to file for divorce in Pennsylvania.
Fault-based divorce is often a longer, higher-conflict process than no-fault divorce. Because of this, you should not pursue a fault-based divorce without an experienced family lawyer. A fault-based divorce requires one party to prove that the other party is responsible for the divorce. To prove fault, you are required to appear in court and provide testimony showing that your spouse violated one of the grounds for fault, including:
Many people avoid a fault-based divorce because they have to testify about painful and embarrassing details of their personal lives in public. Because of these burdens, most people use the no-fault process. This alternative process can be less contentious and proceed more expediently when both spouses agree. However, if one spouse does not agree to the divorce, the couple must remain separated for at least two years before a divorce can be pursued. In situations like this, a fault-based divorce may actually expedite the process by allowing you to proceed with a divorce before the two-year period expires. Regardless of your situation, our goal is to secure your divorce as expeditiously as possible.
Reliable child custody and support representation for parents, grandparents and family members
A divorce causes major changes and disruptions in family life as a single family unit is divided into two. Throughout this process, our focus is on doing what is best for the children involved. Sometimes, the divorce causes the custodial parent to change jobs or undergo other changes in lifestyle that are harmful to a child. In other instances, neither parent may be able to provide for the best interests of the child. Still in other instances, issues with alimony payments may adversely affect the child and family. In all situations, our firm can advocate for a child custody or child support modification so that other family members, such as grandparents, can provide a stable home for the child.
Military divorce services from an attorney and Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve
As part of our firm’s commitment to Delaware County families, our lead attorney, Corporal Abbey Varga, brings a wealth of experience in handling family law issues in military families. As a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, Abbey has seen and personally experienced many of these challenges, including:
- Cumulative effects of stress and/or combat
- Changes in familial roles due to deployment
- Inability to re-adjust to civilian life
- Changes in personality or behavior such as odd spending habits
- Stress and uncertainty caused by frequent relocation
- Feelings of helplessness or detachment when deployed that linger upon return
Abbey has worked alongside Media, Springfield, Glen Mills and other Delaware county military families by addressing their concerns and family law issues.
Contact us today for guidance with your divorce in Media, PA
The Varga Law Offices is conveniently located in Media, PA near the county courthouse. We can guide you through the entire divorce process, including related support and custody issues. If you are considering a divorce, call us at 610.892.9909 or contact us online today. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with other hours available by appointment for your convenience.