In theory, a same-sex couple's legal needs are not any different from an opposite-sex couple's. The law will treat both cases the same now that the ban on same-sex marriage has been overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal court in Pennsylvania. With regard to divorce, we recognize that every divorce is unique just as every couple and every family is unique. LGBT family law can bring new relationship dynamics and other challenges to a traditional process.
At Purcell, Krug & Haller, part of our job is telling your story, along with protecting your rights, interests, assets, standard of living and children. If a child is involved in your divorce, the court will heavily weigh the factors that influence his or her best interests now and into the future such as child custody and visitation, child support, educational funding, and other agreements.
Full-Service Divorce Counsel And Representation
Accurately presenting your case, protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests require research, in-depth legal knowledge, proven litigation skills and resourcefulness. Our same-sex divorce lawyers in Harrisburg and Hershey are committed to customizing sensible, yet creative legal strategies that advance your case as we help you make informed decisions in all matters, including:
- Property division — Equitable distribution of marital property (that which was acquired during the marriage) requires close examination of your unique circumstances, assets and debts.
- Child custody — We work to secure custody and visitation arrangements that you and your children can be happy with. We also help to modify these agreements as necessary as time goes by and children's best interests may change.
- Child support — Determined by a number of statutory guidelines, which all affect your case in unique ways. For example, attorney John Purcell Jr. was victorious in reversing a lower court ruling in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court involving a sperm donor who was ordered to pay child support.
- Alimony and alimony pendente lite (APL) — One party may pay alimony after the divorce, and one party may also pay alimony pendente lite while you are separated, but before the divorce is finalized.
- Spousal support — Spousal support is not synonymous with alimony in Pennsylvania. It may refer to alimony pendente lite (APL), but spousal support may also be paid once the divorce is finalized. It is calculated the same way that APL is calculated.
In many divorce cases, these arrangements can be agreed upon without the need for litigation, but it takes the sharp eye and skilled representation of an experienced attorney to ensure that all agreements are completed in your best interests and in line with statutory guidelines. Our team has over 75 years of combined experience, and we are committed to providing comprehensive legal services that will best serve your needs and goals.
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Please email or call us today at 717-260-3485 or toll free at 866-586-6058 to schedule a meeting with one of our seasoned divorce attorneys.