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Family Law: Marriage and Divorce

Family law in Pennsylvania includes a wide range of services that include some of the most joyful and painful aspects of life. Whether you are preparing for marriage and setting up a prenuptial agreement, looking for a divorce lawyer, working through child custody issues, seeking protection from abuse, or defending against a protection from abuse action, Going and Plank provides quality legal representation in Lancaster County and for people throughout Central Pennsylvania. Our team of lawyers and legal aides are experienced in family law and will help you protect your interests.

Ready for a Divorce Lawyer?

Even in the best of circumstances, ending a marriage can be complicated and painful. An experienced divorce lawyer from Going and Plank will guide you through the legal issues surrounding your separation and divorce calmly and professionally, so you can focus on moving forward with your life. Whether you choose negotiation or arbitration strategies, Going and Plank can help. Click here to schedule a consultation now.

Prenuptial Agreements

Many couples in Pennsylvania find prenuptial agreements are a great way to think through the parameters of their long-term partnership. An experienced family law attorney from Going and Plank can help you create a sound prenup that represents your unique interests and takes into consideration the needs of your existing children and the preservation of your assets and estate.

If a couple does eventually decide to divorce, some prenuptial agreements will come under question due to the nature of the agreement, unusual clauses, or sometimes illegal stipulations. Whether you’re developing a prenup prior to marriage, or if you want to review the prenuptial you signed years ago as part of a divorce or to revise the terms, an experienced family law attorney from Going and Plank can help. Click here to contact us today.

Resolving Child Custody and Visitation Disputes

Child custody can be a contentious issue in many divorces or separations. The Law Offices of Going and Plank will help you review your options, and help you apply for primary custody, mediation, or to modify an existing order. Find out more about child custody by clicking here.

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Fighting for Parents' Rights and Dads' Rights

Parents' rights and dads' rights refer to the ability to make necessary decisions on all aspects of a child’s welfare, including healthcare, education, and religious affiliation. In divorce and separation cases, these rights extend to custody and visitation. Going and Plank can help you create and enforce fair custody agreements that extend beyond visitation hours. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

Negotiating Child Support

Child support is intended to provide appropriate financial support for underaged children and dependent adult children. Child support payments are usually monthly amounts determined by the court based on the evidence provided by both spouses. To find out more about child support, visit our page on child custody. If you’d like to contact an experienced child support attorney at Going and Plank, click here. We’ll help you prepare evidence to ensure court decisions are fair to our clients and their dependents.

Negotiating Spousal Support and Alimony

In Pennsylvania, spousal support is the support that is paid after the parties separate, but before a divorce is final. Pennsylvania defines alimony as the ongoing payments that are part of the divorce settlement or divorce decree. A court determines the amount and length of spousal support or alimony. The Law Offices of Going and Plank will help you prepare for a court hearing, fight to defend your interests, and help you get a fair outcome. Contact us now to discuss your support and alimony concerns.

Negotiating the Division of Property and Marital Assets, Including Equitable Distribution and Division of Debts

In Pennsylvania, "equitable distribution" refers to the process of dividing marital assets and debts. Going and Plank can mediate this process. If couples can’t agree on the division of assets, our lawyers will help you prepare arguments and documentation for a court hearing. In Pennsylvania, marital assets and debt are not always divided evenly or equally, and there should be no presumption that they should be. The court divides assets and debt after evaluating 17 relevant factors. The court further uses a variety of criteria to determine what is and is not “marital property.” Let Going and Plank review these factors with you. Contact an experienced divorce lawyer at Going and Plank.

Filing a Restraining Order or Protection from Abuse (PFA)

When marriages end, many spouses fear violence to themselves or their children. If you think your spouse may harm you, your children, or your property, Going and Plank will counsel you on taking out a temporary restraining order or a Protection from Abuse Order, also known as a PFA. While some spouses are hesitant to take legal action to protect themselves or their children from abuse, filing actions like these may be an important part of protecting your rights in separations and divorces. If you or someone in your family feels unsafe, restraining orders and PFAs are an important step in protecting you physically and legally.

Defending Against a PFA

Not all PFAs are filed in good faith, and some are filed to seek property and child custody advantage. If you have been served a PFA or fear that a PFA will be served upon you, contact us at The Law Offices of Going and Plank. Our legal team has successfully defended those accused of domestic abuse and will work diligently and vigorously to clear your name and defend your reputation in court. Going and Plank will work tirelessly for your interests.

Lancaster County: Make Sure You Get Your Fair Share in Your Divorce

Divorce proceedings can be complicated. Even amicable spouses can quickly become contentious when conflicts arise. An experienced divorce lawyer from Going and Plank can help you ensure you’re treated fairly. We'll help minimize stress, ensure all agreements are legally binding, and relieve you from some of the worries that are inevitable when two people decide to divorce. Contact us today to discuss your situation.

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