Answering Your Divorce Questions

Going through divorce is an incredibly emotional and confusing time for most people. Instead of trying to make sense of your options or navigating the process on your own, why not turn to a professional who can offer the advice, support and personalized legal services you need to move through your issues with confidence?

I am attorney Dan Hanifin, and I am that professional. As your lawyer, I'm here to advocate for your interests, see that you are protected and help you move through your divorce so you can take the next step in your life.

When You Have Questions, I'm Here To Provide You With Answers

Having handled numerous divorce cases in West Chester and throughout Pennsylvania, I have seen it all before. Regardless of the circumstances that led to your separation or any ongoing issues that are complicating the circumstances, I will be here, ready to represent your interests.

To get you started, the following are a few common divorce questions I hear from my clients followed by general answers. For comprehensive information specific to your case, give me a call, and let's work together.

How much is all this going to cost?

  • The honest answer is, it depends. Each case is different and there is no one-size-fits-all formula for moving through a divorce. As your attorney, I'll be upfront with you regarding your options, potential outcomes and costs. With all the essential information, you can make financial choices that are right for you.

How long is this going to take?

  • As said above, it depends. If you and your spouse can reach amicable agreements and move through everything relatively quickly, it may only take three months. More complex cases can take much longer, even years.

Does fault factor into my divorce?

  • In Pennsylvania, there are both fault and no-fault divorces. There are various grounds that can play into a fault divorce, including adultery, abandonment, bigamy, physical abuse as well as other circumstances that as your lawyer, I can review and explain.

Will I receive alimony payments?

  • Once again, it depends. Alimony is not granted in every case and there are numerous factors that play into whether you will pay or receive alimony, including the age of you and your spouse, you or your spouse's ability to maintain financial independence as well as the duration of the marriage.

Will I get custody of my kids?

  • The Pennsylvania courts are required to protect the best interests of the child or children in question during divorce. The courts will look at numerous factors, including any allegations of abuse or neglect, the involvement of both parents, the child's age, the environment the child will be living in a majority of the time as well as various other issues that will have an impact on your child going forward.

Do I really need a lawyer to handle my divorce?

  • The short answer is, no. However, working with an attorney can help ensure you protect yourself throughout the process. There are countless legal nuances that you simply can't figure out from reading a book or scanning your divorce documents. If you make a mistake, you may be stuck with the result for a long time or have to spend a significant amount of money to get it fixed. Rather than try to save a few dollars by trying to manage everything on their own, many people come away much happier having hired a lawyer to guide them through the divorce process.

Call Me And Schedule A Consultation

To get started, call my West Chester law office at 610-400-8830 or send me an email by filling out an online contact form. I am responsive, will return your call promptly and get in touch with you right away when you send an email.