I see that most of your attorneys are women. Do you represent men?
Yes. We represent any individual, regardless of gender or gender identity.
How long will it take to get divorced?
The timing of your divorce will vary depending on whether:
- the matter is litigated in Pennsylvania or New Jersey;
- the other party is open to settlement; and
- you are already separated.
Does my retainer/advanced fee pay for my case from start to finish?
Not necessarily. The advanced fee is money we need to begin to represent you and to start working on your behalf. There are a variety of factors that will determine the total cost of your case, including the willingness of the other side to resolve the matter out of court. Sometimes, we may need to ask you for additional advanced fees as your case progresses, which is detailed in our engagement letter agreement.
Will the other party have to pay my attorney fees?
It depends. In most cases, the other side is not ordered to do so. However, depending on your financial situation or the context of your matter (for example, contempt of court), some reimbursement of attorney fees and costs may eventually be ordered or agreed upon.
Mothers are more likely than fathers to get custody of their children, right?
No. There is no legal preference in favor of either parent in custody cases. The court must determine the best interests of the children; there are a variety of factors to be weighed in that determination.
There is no alimony in Pennsylvania, right?
There is alimony in Pennsylvania. It is one of the remedies available in a divorce. However, this remedy is balanced with others available, such as equitable distribution, and is determined based on the circumstances of your case; there is no bright-line rule for establishing alimony in Pennsylvania.
Alimony is also available as a remedy in New Jersey.