When a marriage has serious issues, sometimes it is hard to know where to turn. As an interim measure before divorce, some spouses want to pursue a separation, but in Pennsylvania, this is not legally possible.
The lawyers at Masorti & Donaldson, P.C., can help you to determine your best options. We help individuals and families in State College and throughout central Pennsylvania with divorce issues, including concerns about legal separation.
Answers About Legal Separation in Pennsylvania
While a legal separation might sound like a good substitute for divorce, under Pennsylvania law, no such option or legal document exists. If you have questions about marriage and separation, it is a good time to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified family law attorneys. We can identify legal solutions that are fitted to meet the needs of your family's unique situation. If your best interests are served by divorce, we can navigate you through the process and protect your best interests during every step of the way.
Even though legal separation is not a legal option in Pennsylvania, there are measures married but separated spouses can take to protect their interests. We can help you with issues involving:
Even though it is not formally recognized, a separation can have an impact on a divorce that occurs later. The court can use the date spouses become separated to determine the value of some marital assets. Several factors are considered by the court to establish an exact separation date for spouses, including the residence of each spouse, meals, vacations, time spent together and other lifestyle variables.
Contact Our Family Law Attorneys
If you have questions about your marriage and separation in Pennsylvania, discuss your alternatives with our knowledgeable lawyers. Please call 814-753-4292 or 877-233-3148 toll free or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation.