Is Divorce The Right Option For You? Let Our Divorce Attorney Explain The Process.
Many people put off filing for divorce because they are intimidated by the divorce process. That is completely understandable. Stress and difficult emotions accompany every divorce. Often the key to reducing stress and emerging from divorce with a brighter future is putting an experienced divorce lawyer on your side to guide you through the process and protect your interests every step of the way.
At the Law Offices of David T. Garnes, LLC, we guide and represent clients through these difficult times. Our founding attorney, David T. Garnes, is an experienced divorce lawyer who is licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is committed to helping you find solutions to your outstanding problems.
To discuss your case with a dedicated divorce attorney, please call 856-324-4593 or 267-838-9713, or send us an email. We offer a free initial consultation, and we have family law offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Experienced Guidance Through All Stages Of Divorce
When you work with our firm, we make sure that you are comfortable throughout the process. Before we proceed, we explain the divorce law to you. We want you to know how the law will impact and apply to your case so that you know what to expect as things move forward.
We sit down with each client to learn about their specific concerns. Our lawyer will work with you to create a strategy for protecting the things that are most important to you. We have helped many families struggling with divorce issues, including:
- The division of marital property belonging to the couple, including any retirement accounts or other major assets that the couple may have accumulated during the marriage
- The division of debts or other liabilities of the couple
- The determination of child custody and parenting time / parenting plans
- Calculating child support or spousal support
- The modification of support and custody orders
You can count on us to protect your interests during your divorce. David T. Garnes is a skilled divorce trial lawyer, and he has an outstanding reputation for presenting compelling divorce cases in court. Our entire legal team is committed to working side-by-side with you throughout the entire process.
Divorce Frequently Asked Questions
We have been guiding clients through the divorce process for more than 20 years. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we hear from clients going through divorce.
How long does divorce take?
How long your divorce takes will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. The main factor is whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, contested divorce will take longer than an uncontested divorce. If the divorce is contested — meaning that you and your spouse disagree about issues like property division or child custody — the divorce could take 10 to 12 months or even longer. If the divorce is uncontested — meaning that you and your spouse are in agreement about property and custody — the divorce could take as little as six to eight weeks. Again, the timeline will depend on whether you and the other spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce.
How is marital property divided in a divorce?
In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, marital property is divided based on the principle of “equitable division,” or fairness to both sides. “Equitable” does not always mean “equal,” but an equal division is appropriate in many cases. We have a long record of success in advocating for property division agreements that protect our clients’ interests.
Our Marital Property Division FAQ also provides answers to more specific property division questions.
How is child custody decided?
Different jurisdictions consider child custody issues in different ways, but generally in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the courts will consider a range of factors. Those factors include: the child’s age, gender and developmental stage; the child’s relationship with each parent; each parent’s physical and mental ability to care for the child; the child’s preference if the child is mature enough to express a preference; the stability of the child’s current living arrangements; whether each parent is capable of promoting a positive relationship between the child and the other parent; whether each parent’s schedule will permit them to be the primary caregiver; whether abuse or neglect has ever been a factor in either parent’s relationship with the child; home and community life, including proximity to school and other community elements.
Please see our Tips for Successful Co-Parenting to learn more.
Contact Our Knowledgeable Divorce Attorney
For a free consultation, please call our Cherry Hill law office at 856-324-4593, or call our Philadelphia law office at 267-838-9713. You can also send us an email. Se habla español. Evening and weekend appointments are available, and flexible payment plans are also offered.