Take notes during the phone consultation, if any, to remember to bring documents the attorney has asked to see for the first meeting.
Generally, your attorney will handle everything but there may be times where you can be of assistance to save on fees.
Depending on the type of case and work involved, work is usually billed either at an hourly rate or flat rate in accordance with an attorney's experience or level of expertise.
A divorce is a legal dissolution of marriage while a legal separation involves remaining married but agreeing to live separate and apart from your spouse. In each type of situation there may be certain agreements made regarding property division as well as support of spouse and children.
We recommend always hiring an attorney to assist with your legal needs.
An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties agree that they want to be divorced from each other - it does not mean that the parties agree on anything else such as property division, custody or support.
Grounds for divorce can be fault or no-fault. In Pennsylvania, no-fault grounds for divorce include irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or a two-year separation of the parties. Fault grounds vary and include but are not limited to situations involving abandonment, intolerable living conditions, incarceration and adultery.
Legal custody of a child involves the right to make a child's major life decisions such as education, medical care and religion.
Physical custody involves the actual physical location of the child and with whom the child will be living at any given time.