Deciding to end a marriage is definitely one of the most intensely personal choices of a lifetime. Many Pennsylvania spouses will file for divorce in 2019 and beyond. Some will choose mediation or collaborative law to negotiate their settlements; others will determine a need for litigation.

Regardless of the exact details of a particular situation, it is always a good idea to rely on experienced legal support when achieving a peaceful, fair settlement is the goal. If you have children, you may encounter various challenges regarding your co-parenting plan, including issues concerning child support, custody or visitation. If you and your spouse agree on most topics, you may be able to devise a plan outside of court and submit your proposal to the judge overseeing your case, for his or her approval.

On the other hand, if you and your spouse have opposing opinions regarding your children’s best interests, you may want to seek the court’s intervention. If your situation leads to litigation, you do not have to go it alone; in fact, if the idea of speaking in court causes your stress levels to soar, you may ask an experienced family law attorney to act on your behalf. An attorney knows the ins and outs of the family justice system and can help you determine a best course of action in a particular set of circumstances, especially if you’re trying to gain sole custody.

Coping with a marital break-up can be emotionally, financially and psychologically difficult. The Lisa Standish, in Pennsylvania, is fully equipped to provide assistance in all aspects of divorce, including property division, child custody and more. Your parental rights and children’s best interests become our highest priority when you request legal guidance and support.