We Focus On The Family In Family Law
At Silverman, Tokarsky & Forman, L.L.C, families are at the forefront of what we do. That is why our clients can expect to be treated with compassion and care when they come to us with their family law concerns. Our attorneys understand the emotional implications as well as the hardships that come with the end of long-term relationships. While our goal is working diligently in your best interests and going to court when and if necessary, our lawyers can also provide you with a collaborative approach to prevent an embroiled legal battle if that best fits your situation. To speak with one of our skilled attorneys about your situation and how you might best move forward with your case, call our primary office in Johnstown at 814-792-2412.
Come To Us With Questions; Leave With Answers
Our team is here to guide and inform you as well as clear up any misconceptions about family law that you may have. For example, a divorce doesn’t always have to be a long, drawn-out battle, and your assets will not necessarily be divided directly down the middle. When it comes to all things family law, we can give you the answers that you need.
With our lawyers’ broad scope of knowledge in this practice area, we can assist clients with the following circumstances and more:
- Marriage dissolution
- Relocation issues
- Property rights
- Alternative dispute resolution or uncontested divorce
- Grandparents’ rights
- Custody arrangements and visitation rights
- Child and spousal support
Rest assured that our results-driven attorneys are true problem-solvers who aim to help clients obtain the most favorable outcomes in every situation. You can rely on us to resolve any issues that may arise when filing for divorce or sorting out your child custody rights.
What Are Common Misconceptions In Family Law?
It’s all too easy to get incorrect advice about divorce and family law. Well-meaning friends, family and co-workers who have been through divorce or custody matters may think that they know how it works, but the laws change constantly. Also, friends in another state may understand how things work where they live, but not in Pennsylvania.
Don’t let misinformation hurt your family law case or cause you unnecessary stress – rely only on our legal professionals. Talk to one of our experienced, caring attorneys if you have questions. We have offices in Johnstown, Somerset and Windber.
Myths About Pennsylvania Family Law
You must be legally separated before you can divorce. Many people believe you need a “legal separation” in Pennsylvania before you can get a divorce. This is confusing because there is no such thing as a “legal separation” in Pennsylvania. The lengthy of the “physical separation” of the parties is one important factor that is considered before a divorce action can move forward, but it is not the only factor.
Marital property is divided 50-50. An “equitable” division of property does not necessarily mean the assets will be divided equally. An equitable distribution of assets is one that the court considers fair. The court must consider a list of factors in determining how the marital assets will be distributed. Each case is unique.
Grandparents do not have rights. Every state is different. In Pennsylvania, grandparents and great-grandparents can file a custody action if they meet certain criteria and under specific circumstances. The same standard applies to this as it does to any custody case: The court considers what is in the best interests of the child.
There is a specific age when children can choose who they want to live with and when they will have contact with the other parent. This is the most common misconception. There is no such magic age in the law that confers these rights upon a child. The court must consider the preference of the child if they are mature enough to state an opinion, but the court is not bound by their preference.
Our Team Is Prepared To Handle Anything
If you are considering dissolving your marriage, consult with one of our attorneys today. They can help you navigate any potential pitfalls, defend your interests in the matter or actively collaborate with your spouse’s legal team to ensure a smooth transition. Call Silverman, Tokarsky & Forman, L.L.C, at 814-792-2412 or inquire about a consultation using our online form today. With three convenient locations to serve our Pennsylvania clients, our lawyers are always prepared to take on your case.