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You are now in a dispute and you need a lawyer. How do you go about finding a lawyer who meets your needs? Do you need lawyer who specializes in Family Law? How about that lawyer you used to handle the car accident you were in last year? Should you use the phone book?
Choosing an attorney to handle your domestic dispute is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Why? Because you only have one chance to resolve your property issues, support, custody, alimony and other issues. Can't these be modified later if you make a mistake? Sure, but you will incur more legal fees, time from work, aggravation and other problems. Make the right choice now and you can have peace of mind.
What are your options in choosing an attorney?
Whatever the source, take the time to interview the attorney. Write your questions down and ask every one of them. Are you getting answers or just general statements in response to your questions? Is this person a family law attorney or not? An attorney who does "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" may not be the right person for you. As with any other business, a person who concentrates in Family Law is more likely be able to give you the service you need.
Would you go to a foot doctor for brain surgery? Of course not. The same is true in the law. Choose an attorney with the experience you are looking for. In the long run, it will be cheaper than using someone whose depth of experience is less than you need.
A couple can come to their own agreement about property settlement, which the court will generally accept. The Pennsylvania court will decide if either spouse is entitled to alimony, based on age, physical and mental condition, earning potential, duration of the marriage and standard of living. The court decides the duration of alimony, but support ends automatically if the one receiving it remarries or cohabits.
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