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Our Family Law lawyers at MHK Attorneys represent clients during every stage of family life. We aren’t just divorce attorneys. We represent clients in creating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, during separation and divorce, child custody disputes, property settlement, and equitable distribution, proceedings for contempt of orders, protective orders, grandparent rights’ cases, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, alimony, and child support.

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We have the resources and knowledge to guide you through even the most complex legal issues, including:

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We have the resources, knowledge, and experience to guide you through even the most complex legal issues, including:

Saying that divorce is about “going to divorce court” and fighting to make sure you get your share of the property is a flawed perception. It is more accurate to think of divorce as many small cases that need to be resolved to achieve a finalized divorce that will stand the test of time.

Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience resolving all separation and divorce-related issues, including:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support/alimony pendente lite/alimony
  • Division of assets and property
  • Protection from Abuse Orders
  • Contempt of court order matters

We are particularly skilled at resolving complex divorces, including those involving business assets, multiple properties, and substantial financial assets. We focus on critical issues such as the tax implications of property settlements to ensure that our clients maximize their share of the marital estate.

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Child custody is one of the most complex areas of family law in Pennsylvania. At MHK Attorneys, we will be strong advocates for your rights as a parent and identify the best solution for you and your children.

Many parents will come to us stating that they want full custody after a separation or divorce. What many people consider to be full custody does not match up with the law’s version of full custody. In the eyes of the court, full custody would be one parent having sole physical and legal custody.  Understanding what rights you have and what the other parents’ rights are is key to obtaining the best result for the children. There are many variations of custody and our attorneys are prepared to discuss all of the options available to make sure your children are the most important focus of any custody order.

 

 

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In Pennsylvania, spousal support refers to temporary financial support paid to a spouse after a separation but before a divorce is filed. Guidelines exist to help courts determine an appropriate award, but courts also look at the particular circumstances before them to determine if the guidelines are just and if they should be applied. The court may also consider factors such as abuse or pre-separation adultery in deciding whether to deny spousal support.

Alimony pendente lite is support to a spouse after a separation and after a divorce complaint has been filed.  It has a different set of rules applied to it.

Alimony refers to the financial support paid from one ex-spouse to another once their marriage ends and divorce is final. The statute dictates that alimony is based on the receiving ex-spouse’s true financial need going forward, so alimony awards can vary greatly in amount and length of time they must be paid. Alimony is awarded purely at the discretion of the courts, which use seventeen factors to aid in making their decision. Despite all the factors laid out to simplify alimony award decisions made by courts, Pennsylvania laws do not automatically entitle either party to alimony. You need a strong advocate on your side to make sure the alimony award is appropriate under the circumstances unique to your case.

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Pennsylvania family courts use both parents’ incomes and the number of children in the family to arrive at a monthly child support amount. A parenting time adjustment is given based on shared custody.

Sole custody formula:

The total income from the non-primary custody parent is put into the formula along with the income of the primary custodian to arrive at a total family income. Certain deductions from that total are allowed. To be considered a primary custody case, the non-residential parent spends fewer than 146 days per year, or less than 40 percent of the time, with the children. There is no parenting time credit given for primary custody situations. The primary physical custody parent receives child support from the other parent according to Pennsylvania law.

Shared custody formula:

A different formula is used for shared custody child support calculations.  In Pennsylvania, when the family court orders shared physical custody, the non-residential parent must host the children for 146 days per year or more. The more overnights, the greater the credit is toward child support.

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In a Pennsylvania divorce, property is characterized one of two ways. Separate property is property that belongs to one spouse, and marital property is property that is part of the marital estate for purposes of the divorce, irrespective of whose name the property is in.

Property disputes are very common in divorce, but they often present complex legal issues and may require financial tracings: matters that are best left to our experts. If your divorce involves a dispute regarding the character of substantial property, please contact our experienced family law attorneys who can advise you of your rights.

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In Pennsylvania, a prenuptial agreement is a formal agreement entered into before marriage in which the future spouses agree to provisions for equitable distribution of assets, debts and spousal support if they were to divorce in the future or if they wish to provide for what happens to assets in the event of death.

Our team can help prepare a valid prenuptial agreement that help will shorten if not prevent disputes over financial issues if a marriage ends or a spouse dies.

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In Pennsylvania, several tax issues may arise from divorce. It is important to consult with our experienced team to understand the full impact of your divorce on your taxes.

The following tax areas should be considered:

  • Alimony or spousal support is may have tax implications and the Internal Revenue Code section must be consulted..
  • Property transferred between spouses at the time of a divorce typically has no income tax consequences; however, if the asset has a tax basis or if the asset is a retirement asset – this may significantly change the value of it to you. These issues must be considered when determining which assets are retained or transferred to which spouse..
  • The custodial parent may be able to claim child-care credit for the children. The parents must determine which of them is entitled to claim tax exemptions for the children if they want to alter the IRS rule on exemptions.
  • When the divorce is final, the filing status of each filer will change. The filing status for the year of a divorce is determined by the marital status on December 31st.
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Grandparents often play significant roles in the grandchildren’s lives. They are often in frequent contact, forming strong psychological bonds, and may assume caregiving responsibilities on a regular schedule. Sometimes grandparents need help securing access to grandchildren through visitation or custody rights when they wish for legal authority to house and care for them full time.

We will be by your side providing you with sound advice and strong representation no matter what direction your case takes.

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Two types of annulments exist in Pennsylvania: those for void marriages and those for voidable marriages. Void marriages are invalid from the beginning and do not require a court order to be annulled. By contrast, annulment of a voidable marriage in Pennsylvania may require a hearing before a judge to prove the grounds for annulment.

For more specific information regarding the procedure to obtain an annulment and what to expect at a hearing, contact our team of family law attorney for assistance.

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How A Family Lawyer Can Help You

Our Family Law lawyers at MHK Attorneys represent clients during every stage of family life. We aren’t just divorce attorneys. We represent clients in creating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, during separation and divorce, child custody disputes, property settlement and equitable distribution, spousal support and alimony and child support.

We know searching for a family law attorney after a breakup can be a difficult job. You want someone to handle your divorce, your separation, or fight for the custody of your children or to keep your home. Here at MHK Attorneys, we know this can be emotionally stressful and complicated.

At MHK Attorneys, we believe you need to find an attorney who understands the difficulties and legal challenges of the changes that your family may be experiencing. We will give you all the facts you need to make the best decisions for you and your family, and we will guide you through administrative processes like support conferences, custody conferences. Protection from abuse hearings, divorce hearings, and other court proceedings.

Finally, if your case is not able to be resolved prior to a full hearing, you can rest assured that MHK Attorneys has experienced litigators who are prepared to vigorously pursue your rights in the courtroom.

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