Common Questions Regarding Divorce
Filing for a divorce can be emotional and complex. Having an attorney who will represent your best interests is crucial. I am John M. Schaffranek, founder of the Law Office of John M. Schaffranek. I opened my firm with the goal of finding answers to difficult problems. I am also committed to being helpful, professional, and responsive. As an experienced divorce lawyer, I will always advocate for what is in the best interests of my clients.
Do I need a reason to file?
In Pennsylvania, there is “fault” and “no-fault” divorce. To file on “fault” grounds means you must show that your partner did one of the following: adultery, desertion, cruel treatment, bigamy, indignities, or he/she is guilty of a crime. “No fault” on the other hand, means that your marriage is irretrievably broken for no specific reason.
Am I eligible for spousal maintenance?
Each case is different. Spousal maintenance is meant to financially support a spouse who may not be able to afford a reasonable lifestyle on their own. It can be for a set period of time or scheduled indefinitely. I can examine your case and discuss potential options.
How long does the divorce process take?
Again, every case is different. In some situations, it could take as little as three months. For others, it could take much longer. It all depends on how well you and your spouse are able to agree to the terms of your divorce.
What if my spouse doesn’t want a divorce?
A couple must be separated for one year. After that, you can proceed with filing a unilateral divorce. These cases are unique, which means it is important to discuss them with an experienced family law lawyer.