• How much will my divorce cost?
Every divorce is different. Unfortunately, the more conflict or complexity, the higher the legal bill. The average contested Montgomery County or Bucks County divorce is reported to be between 15k and 30k per client depending on custody issues, alimony, child support hearings, equitable distribution hearings, etc. The average bill for our firm is between 3k – 5k and sometimes even lower! We work very hard with you and with other attorneys to keep your costs as low as possible and to try to keep your case as amicable as possible. This is your divorce and we listen to and treat each client like they are part of our family.
• How long before we can be divorced?
That has several variables as well. From beginning to end, it could be as little as 4 months. If you are amicable and non contested, Pennsylvania has a 90 day waiting period after your spouse is served before the divorce can be finalized. There is also a 2-year waiting period if you or your spouse refuse to finalize the divorce. Depending on the situation, your divorce can vary in length from 4 months to 3 years.
• Can I be legally separated?
Short answer: There is no such thing as legal separation in Pennsylvania divorce law but it is possible to draft agreements if the parties are living separately.
• Does Alimony exist in Pennsylvania?
YES. There are varying forms of support, based on many variables. If there is a discrepancy in your incomes, alimony could play a factor. APL or alimony pendent lite is temporary alimony which is almost always awarded during the pendency of the divorce.
• How much child support will I pay?
Varies based on incomes of both parties, number of children, mortgage costs & other related circumstances.
• What documents do I need for my divorce?
For your first free consultation, you will need to bring your questions and a notepad. This free consultation is for you to get an idea of what to expect from divorce and to get to know Michelle. It’s important to feel comfortable with the attorney you are hiring and to be sure she’s the right attorney for you. Once you meet and hire Michelle, you should be prepared to provide all assets and debts such as current statements for all assets, liabilities, income, insurance, tax info and other related marital documents. Any info for businesses owned, retirement accounts, market value of real estate, etc. might also be needed. And if you do not have access to these documents, we will request them for you!
Divorce is not easy. It’s hard on you emotionally, financially and spiritually. Let us help you take the steps to begin the process and rebuild your life…