Working Out the Division Of Assets And Alimony

Everything is on the table in a divorce — from the marital estate you built together to the emotions and events that led you to this point. At Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., we help you approach your dissolution like a business deal, coming to a fair agreement with the least hostility and legal expense possible.

Our divorce and family law attorneys offer support and legal protection for clients in a difficult process. We represent individuals in Harrisburg, Dauphin County and the surrounding jurisdictions of Central Pennsylvania. Contact us at 717-743-1682 to arrange a consultation.

Divorce: The Basics

An uncontested, or consensual, divorce can be accomplished in about 90 days. A contested divorce can be accomplished by court hearing or after living separate and apart for two years.

If your spouse has already sprung divorce papers on you, we go into "protection mode" to counter any unfair advantages he or she may have with aggressive strategies of our own.

Even when a husband and wife begin the dissolution of their marriage together, good intentions for an amicable divorce sometimes fall apart. Our resolution-minded attorneys can help keep negotiations on track or stand up for you in courtroom proceedings.

Property Division

Accurate valuations are important for a fair property settlement. Our divorce lawyers sort out the financials and the issue of which assets are subject to division to make sure everything is split fairly and equitably in the division of property, such as:

  • The home and other real estate
  • Retirement assets [401(k)s, IRAs, stocks and bonds]
  • Investments and bank accounts
  • Personal property
  • Closely held businesses
  • Life insurance benefits
  • Credit cards, loans and other liabilities

Marriage Settlement Agreements

A separation agreement is a valuable tool. It can serve as a temporary division of assets, giving both sides the framework and breathing room to negotiate the remaining details of the final dissolution and a final marriage settlement agreement encompassing a fair division of all assets and debts.

Alimony/Spousal Support

Obtaining spousal support or interim alimony before the entry of a divorce decree may or may not be possible if both spouses work outside the home. Many factors must be considered when determining entitlement to spousal support and alimony.

Alimony may apply after a divorce is finalized, such as in longer marriages or where there is a big disparity in earning power. Alimony can be negotiated or decided by a judge. We can quickly determine if it would apply in your divorce and help you protect your rights.

Contact Us

Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., has the diligence and knowledge of Pennsylvania divorce law to protect your interests. Contact our Harrisburg office to arrange a consultation with experienced lawyers.