Do I need a Divorce Lawyer?

pittsburgh divorce lawyer blogFor most people, going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful periods of their lives. Any time we are stressed and emotional, we are not always thinking clearly and logically. Enter an experienced Pennsylvania divorce lawyer. Our role as your advocate is to assist you with making large life decisions throughout your divorce by taking the stress and emotion out of the decision-making process. Additionally, while you and your ex-spouse may know the ins and outs of your financial situation, many unexpected issues arise in a divorce that an experienced lawyer can strategize around and sometimes even anticipate before they occur. We have included some reasons below why you might want to consider hiring a divorce attorney to navigate you through this process:

1. Evaluate Settlement Offers. Often, divorces are settled outside of the courtroom. Your PA divorce lawyer can work with your spouse’s attorney to formulate a settlement agreement. If the other side makes any settlement offers, your attorney can evaluate that offer and determine if it is “fair” and “equitable” given all of the specifics of your case and your own financial situation.

2. Negotiate. Despite what we see on television, many divorces are resolved through the attorneys on both sides, or through an alternative dispute resolution process like mediation. At your initial consultation, our divorce attorneys will obtain a complete picture of your financial situation so that they know exactly how to negotiate to get you a fair settlement in your divorce matter.

3. Navigate the Support Process. Calculating support, including spousal support, child support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony can be overwhelming. Our attorneys are experienced with the Pennsylvania support guidelines along with calculating support in matters involving deviations, extraordinary expenses, mortgage and household expenses, and assessing earning capacity. We can assist you in every stage of the support process, including evaluating whether a support amount is consistent with the guidelines in any given case.

4. “Find” Assets. An important aspect of any divorce case is determining what assets make up the marital estate. Our lawyers have multiple ways of determining what assets exist and their marital value. We can engage in the discovery process, including requesting financial documents and taking depositions, in order to determine what exactly comprises your marital estate.

Our Allegheny County family law attorneys know that your divorce is very personal, and hiring a lawyer makes all the difference in protecting and supporting your family while leaving emotion out of the process as much as possible. Call our office at 412-664-4433 to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable member of our divorce team today.

About McGrail & Associates

The lawyers of McGrail and Associates, LLC, offer individualized attention in many areas of the law, including divorce, family law, municipal and tax law, bankruptcy, estate planning and criminal defense. Attorneys at McGrail and Associates, which was founded by Patricia L. McGrail in 2000, have practiced in all of the state and federal court systems.