Separating Two Lives

Even if divorce is the best possible solution for your future, you will still likely face emotional and financial stress. In these situations, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced Pennsylvania lawyer who can guide you through divorce mediation and courtroom litigation.

Our divorce attorneys at Marinaro Law Firm have extensive experience guiding clients through all stages of the legal process. Whether your situation calls for a simple divorce or a complex divorce, our firm can help. Our clients receive personal service and individual attention throughout the proceedings. We understand the emotional turmoil and financial strain that accompany the end of a marriage. Count on our firm for prompt communication and honest answers to even your most complex questions.

The Process

Either party to a marriage can file for divorce, as long as one member of the couple has resided in Pennsylvania for at least the past six months. The person who files for divorce is called the plaintiff, and the person responding to the filing is the defendant.

Obviously not all couples have the same reasons for getting divorced. In some cases, only one spouse wants a divorce while the other resists it. In general, there are three scenarios by which people in Pennsylvania will seek to divorce:

  • Both parties agree to divorce (no-fault). Couples who agree on most terms of the divorce may face lower costs and have more control over the outcome of their divorce than people whose divorce goes before a judge.
  • Two-year separation. If a couple has been living apart for two years, one party can start divorce proceedings, even if the other party still doesn't wish to get divorced.
  • 'Fault' divorce. One party may file for divorce if the other party has engaged in certain behaviors that are considered to be grounds for divorce, such as adultery or cruel treatment.

What's Involved

Divorce can encompass numerous factors, including:

At this difficult time in their lives, divorcing couples are often concerned about adding more debt and financial instability. At Marinaro Law Firm, we handle simple divorces with a flat fee, and part of that fee is our payment for the filing costs. Typically, the process for completing a simple divorce is only a few days. Count on us to aggressively pursue a resolution so you can begin your new life as soon as possible.

Contact Us

If you have questions about divorce or other family law matters, contact Marinaro Law Firm by calling 717-406-1794, toll free 866-614-6520 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but we offer evening and weekend appointments upon request. We offer services in English or Spanish.