How To File For Divorce In Pennsylvania

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A divorce can turn your life upside-down, both emotionally and financially. By using this guide through the complicated divorce process, you can protect yourself with knowledge of divorce laws and your legal rights.

How to File for Divorce in Pennsylvania simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce. With easy-to-use forms and step-by-step instructions, this book makes filing for divorce...

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Overview

A divorce can turn your life upside-down, both emotionally and financially. By using this guide through the complicated divorce process, you can protect yourself with knowledge of divorce laws and your legal rights.

How to File for Divorce in Pennsylvania simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce. With easy-to-use forms and step-by-step instructions, this book makes filing for divorce inexpensive and hassle-free.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572484955
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Legal Survival Guides
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,402,235
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca A. DeSimone received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. She served as General Counsel for the National Coal Association in Washington, D.C. She is currently in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is an adjunct professor in English and law at several Erie area universities.

Edward A. Haman received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He has practiced law in Michigan, Florida, and Hawaii, and has served as a Michigan Circuit Court domestic relations hearing officer. He has written many self-help books, including How to File Your Own Divorce and How to Write Your Own Premarital Agreement.

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books -

Introduction -

Chapter 1: Marriage Ins and Outs -
Marriage
Divorce
Annulment
Legal Separation
Getting a Divorce
Alternatives to Divorce

Chapter 2: The Legal System -
Theory versus Reality
The Players
Divorce Law and Procedure
Legal Research

Chapter 3: Lawyers -
Deciding if You Want a Lawyer
Selecting a Lawyer
Working with a Lawyer
Firing Your Lawyer

Chapter 4: Preliminary Considerations -
Residency
Grounds for Divorce
Your Spouse
Financial Information
Negotiation

Chapter 5: Property, Debts, and Alimony -
Property
Debts
Separation and Financial Issues
Alimony

Chapter 6: Child Custody, Visitation, and Support -
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support

Chapter 7: General Procedures -
An Introduction to Legal Forms
Filing with the Prothonotary
Notifying Your Spouse
Setting a Hearing
Courtroom Manners
Negotiating
A Few More Negotiating Tips

Chapter 8: Mutual Consent Divorce -
Using the Mutual Consent Procedure
Civil Cover Sheet
Domestic Relations Information Sheet
Notice to Defend and Claim Rights
Complaint in Divorce
Affidavit
County Court of Common Pleas Intake
Domestic Relations Income and Expense Statement
Marital Property Settlement Agreement
Acknowledgment
Affidavit of Consent and Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree
Support Guideline Computations-Child Support
Praecipe to Transmit Record
Decree of Divorce
Record of Divorce or Annulment
Notice of Intention to Retake Prior Name

Chapter 9: Standard Uncontested Divorce -
Forms
Procedures

Chapter 10: Contested Divorce -
Forms
Procedures

Chapter 11: The Master's Hearing -
Preparation
The Hearing

Chapter 12: Special Circumstances -
Paternity Law
When You Cannot Afford Court Costs
Protecting Yourself, Your Children, and Your Property
Temporary Support and Custody
Taxes
Pension Plans
Military
Conclusion

Glossary -

Appendix A: Pennsylvania Statutes -

Appendix B: Checklists -

Appendix C: Blank Forms -

Index -

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