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An overview of the divorce process

The divorce process can be difficult on everyone involved including the couple, children and family members. Understanding what to expect from the divorce process can be helpful as divorcing couples navigate through the process.

It is important to be familiar with the different fault and no-fault divorce options in Pennsylvania and to also understand how legal separation fits into the overall divorce process picture. The divorce process can help divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns including property division; alimony or spousal support; child support and child custody and visitation; prenuptial or postnuptial agreements; issues impacting same-sex couples; and other family law concerns that come up.

The division of property and assets during divorce in Pennsylvania is guided by equitable property division rules which means the divorce court will seek to help the couple reach a property division settlement agreement that is as fair as possible. Child support is determined according to child support guidelines and child custody is determined based on what is in the best interests of the child. Different factors are evaluated when determining what is in the best interests of the child. These are important processes and standards to understand when couples are going through their divorce.

The divorce process is designed to help married couples dissolve their marriage, protect their interests and work out their concerns. Divorce be a challenging process and difficult time in the lives of most couples facing the end of their marriage which is why the family law process provides important resources to be familiar with as they go through the divorce process.

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