West Chester, PA 19380
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Josh represented me for my divorce, and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome and the guidance provided. His calm approach and confidence helped me make it through a really hard time.
Mr. Janis handled my custody case with professionalism and sincerity. I thank him and his office for the help they provided me.
Josh was terrific. Very helpful and made us more comfortable that the issue could be dealt with effectively.
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Ciccarelli Law Offices
When two people get married, they hope divorce will never be a part of the picture. Sadly, reality often dictates otherwise. Sometimes, one of the spouses does something so awful that the other spouse simply cannot go on as a couple. More often than not, though, two people in a marriage grow apart after time. Everyone changes over the course of life, and, sometimes, people change so much they're no longer the same person they were when they married. Sometimes, when people change so much, they are no longer a good fit for the marriage they are in. When a marriage no longer functions and the people in the marriage wish to move on with their lives, it's time to consider divorce.
But divorce is only one area where your family, the people who are closest to you, and the law intersect. There are laws governing your relationship with your children — who can make decisions for your children and who will take care of them. There are laws governing how a person should financially support his or her children. There are laws governing how one goes about adopting a child and legally becoming a parent. When a family situation becomes truly tragic, there are laws governing response to domestic violence. Whenever your personal family issues encounter the law, it's important to have an experienced hand guiding you through these difficult and complicated legal matters.
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we are dedicated to helping our clients find resolution to their family law concerns, whether it's a divorce, the resulting matters pertaining to custody and support for children, an adoption, domestic violence, a change or name or anything else related to family law. We seek to get matters settled with as little drama and as little stress as possible.
Call our family law attorneys today at (877) 529-2422 or send an online message, and we'll set up a free initial consultation so you can get a better idea of what your case will entail. Your initial one one one meeting with an experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices is your no obligation opportunity to gain the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about your family's future.
We have convenient office locations in West Chester, Philadelphia, Kennett Square, Plymouth Meeting, Springfield, King of Prussia, Malvern, and Radnor. We are proud to serve clients throughout the Philadelphia area and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including ChesCo, Montgomery County, Lancaster County and Delaware County areas.
A Team of Tough Chester County Family Lawyers at Your Side
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, you get a team, dedicated to helping you through what is likely a difficult, stressful time with high stakes. Family law matters are often very complicated, and involve the most important elements of your life. We're a team of tough, but level-headed lawyers, ready to take on the most complex of cases and seek resolution for our clients.
Our family law team is led by Joshua A. Janis, who has been with Ciccarelli Law Offices for more than a decade. Joshua Janis is an experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney, skilled with the vital family law arts of negotiation and litigation, who is proud to assist our clients. Joshua Janis will advise you on any family matter, and will be a passionate advocate for you in any legal proceeding.
Lee Ciccarelli, founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices, has been practicing for more than 20 years, and is a well-known name in the Chester County legal community. Lee Ciccarelli has a wide range of experience in the courtroom, and understands the needs of clients who have family law issues.
Knowledgeable Counsel for Chester County Divorce
Even when a divorce is amicable, it's a frightening ordeal to face. You have built a life with your spouse, and a divorce means unraveling that life. Aside from the many practical concerns, divorce is also fraught with some of the strongest emotions, which can make it difficult to see clearly and make the best choices. There are many ways to approach a divorce: no-fault, at-fault, collaborative, seeking mediation or litigating. It can be a significant challenge to choose which one is right for you.
Our experienced divorce lawyers will look at your circumstances and your goals, and advise you on what path is a best fit for you. We'll take a hard, objection look at you situation and be frank and forthcoming with our analysis.
Marital separation and divorce can be ugly — but it doesn't have to be. If at least one of the spouses is committed to a firm resolution of the marriage, and that spouse hires a divorce attorney who is both aggressive and committed to moving toward the end goal of dissolving the marriage so the client can move on with his or her life, there's a good chance the divorce will be easier, end more quickly and with as little drama and stress as possible.
Divorce is a stressful time, and many people enter it deeply hurt. Some lawyers may take advantage of those emotions and attempt a long, drawn-out divorce proceeding that can cost you much more, in the end. For instance, you may feel wronged by infidelity or betrayal by your spouse, and feel like an at-fault divorce is the way to go. Another divorce attorney may play along, even if a fault divorce isn't right for you.
The Philadelphia-area divorce lawyers of Ciccarelli Law Offices will always be honest with you. We will make sure to tell you the real advantages and disadvantages of fault and no-fault divorce.
Careful Attention During Division of Assets in Pennsylvania
Typically, one of the most contentious issues during a Pennsylvania divorce is how the marital property is divided. Marital property is any property that was acquired during the marriage, other than, possibly, gifts and some other exceptions. This includes significant assets like real property that may have been purchased during the marriage. However, it also includes income — both from your paycheck and any other form of income. This includes income from businesses, investments and properties you owned before the marriage.
Pennsylvania practices equitable distribution — not equal distribution. For division of marital assets, the court looks at all of a divorcing couple's marital property and determines a fair split of the estate. To do this, the court looks at a variety of factors under Commonwealth law, including:
The court, however, cannot look at fault when dividing the estate. Fault may be considered during the consideration of alimony.
Our West Chester divorce attorneys will give you an honest, thorough assessment of where you might stand after a divorce, and negotiate and argue to put you in the best position possible. We can also help you with a collaborative divorce, often called an amicable divorce or a friendly divorce. In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse, with the help of your lawyers, make your own decisions and come to an agreement over the division of assets.
Your Ally During Complex Family Law Matters
A marriage may end in divorce, but there remains the custody and care of children. For custody decisions, there is the issue of who gets legal and physical custody, and whether that custody will be shared, sole, primary, partial or supervised. Legal custody is the right to make decisions for the child, including decisions about medical issues, education and religious upbringing. Physical custody means actual physical control of the child. As a parent, both are tremendously important. Our Chester County child custody lawyers can help you.
It costs a great deal to raise a child. In Pennsylvania, the non-custodial parent may be required to pay a certain amount monthly as child support. Our family attorneys can represent your interests, whether you are the custodial parent seeking to be fairly compensated for the expenses of raising a child, the non-custodial parent who has fallen on hard times and needs a modification of a child support order, or any other child support situation.
Not all family law matters are tied to divorce and division. When you wish to bring a child into your life, you may adopt. However, adoption in Pennsylvania is a complicated legal procedure, regardless of the circumstances under which you are adopting or the methods you are using. A West Chester adoption lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices can guide you through this process.
We are pleased to be able to help you with any other Southeastern Pennsylvania family law matter, whether you are seeking protection from domestic violence, need a legal change of name, have a guardianship issue or anything else. We are knowledgeable attorneys able to serve a broad range of clients.
Ciccarelli Law Offices | Chester County Family Law Attorney
Our law firm is proud to continue a tradition of passionate advocacy on behalf of all our Pennsylvania family law clients. We represent clients throughout the state, including Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Coatesville, Ephrata, Norristown, Villanova, Newtown Square, Media and surrounding communities. Call us today at (877) 529-2422 or send an online message for a free consultation over your family law matter.