Answers To Frequently Asked Family Law Questions

Family law problems can be confusing, stressful and emotional. You will need to make many informed decisions whether you are getting married, getting a divorce or separating from your child’s other parent.

Each of our partners has over 25 years of experience at Haberstroh, Sullivan & George, LLP. We can blend our distinct areas of knowledge to answer your questions. Call 814-201-6263 for our office in Altoona or 814-201-6838 for our office in Martinsburg. Alternatively, you can reach us by email.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

There are three main factors that affect child support: the custody arrangement, the child’s needs and the parents’ available resources. Pennsylvania courts use a formula based on these aspects to reach an amount that provides for the child as fully as possible while remaining fair to the parents. You can make sure that the payment is as reasonable as possible by highlighting the child’s needs or your financial limitations with the help of your family law attorney.

What Happens If I Can No Longer Afford My Child Support Payments?

Certain situations may turn a fair child support order into an unfair one. However, you cannot change your payments without completing the proper steps. If you lost your job, became disabled or encountered another significant life change, you and your lawyer can file for a child support modification through the court.

Can I Keep The House In The Divorce?

It depends. Pennsylvania courts determine which assets you keep according to several factors. You may have a greater chance of keeping the home if you have children who might benefit from remaining in a familiar residence. However, every family is unique, and every divorce outcome is unique. Your attorney can work to protect your home if it is one of your priorities.

Can I Ask For Sole Custody Of My Child?

Sole custody can be difficult to acquire, but it is not impossible under the right circumstances. If there is reason to believe that the other parent might endanger the child through abuse or neglect, sole custody could be a good option. However, courts are hesitant to award sole custody without a compelling argument.

How Will My Prenuptial Agreement Impact My Divorce Settlement?

Your prenuptial agreement can predetermine several aspects of a divorce. For example, it might contain rules for the process of divorce, such as whether you and your spouse must attempt mediation before going to trial. It can also predetermine which assets you or your spouse will keep before the asset division process. If you believe that your contract is unfair or invalid, however, consult with an experienced lawyer to find out if it might not be enforceable for your divorce. We can help you create or evaluate a prenuptial agreement.