Kathryn Hilbush's answer There is no statewide data bank that keeps track of everyone's divorce decrees. I suggest that you at least narrow it down to limit the number of counties you have contact. Also, sometimes the online search engines have that information but, in my experience, you won't get it without paying the monthly fee.
Penelope A. Boyd's answer It sounds like you may seek a no fault divorce in Pennsylvania. If you can locate your wife and serve her, it is a pretty simple process. If you can’t locate her, it will take a little longer.
Cary B. Hall's answer At least in Pennsylvania, until a court enters a divorce decree, you're NOT divorced -- even if a million years have passed. If, however, your soon-to-be ex-spouse refuses to sign consent paperwork in a divorce, there are things you can do to get a divorce decree without his cooperation.
I suggest you contact an experienced family law attorney and have a consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Feel free to contact me offsite if you like. Best of luck to you.
Cary B. Hall's answer I have to admit -- I have no idea what you're talking about. What old "paperwork"? Perhaps when you say "D Nova," you mean "de novo" -- a type of appeal in which everything is reviewed anew, like a fresh bite at the apple?
It sounds like you need to hire an attorney -- or at least have a consultation with one -- about the law and procedure of divorce cases in Bucks County. Knowledge is power, and you'll need it. Best of luck to you.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer No. In fact more often than not people negotiate and enter into such an agreement after the divorce complaint has been filed. There is nothing to prevent you, however, from entering into an agreement before you file for a divorce. Just be sure you have legal advice before you sign anything.
And by "cost," do you mean filing fees, or attorney's fees, or both? You can find out the filing fees by contacting the Prothonotary's Office in your county -- and sometimes those fees are posted online at the court's website. As for attorney's fees, there's no "standard" cost for that. You negotiate with an attorney, and you two come to an agreement about it.
Cary B. Hall's answer Yes, you are almost certainly entitled to at least some portion of his pension after a marriage of that length. If you don't already have an attorney, I suggest that you hire one ASAP so that you can preserve any and all economic claims you may have.
Cary B. Hall's answer You'll likely receive some of your husband's pension, yes. How much? It depends on how else the court may distribute the marital assets. But half of his pension is probably a good starting point.
Best of luck to you. If you'd like to discuss your case in further detail, feel free to contact me offsite.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer There's no way to answer your question without knowing quite bit more about your situation. PA is no a community property state. It is an equitable distribution state, so., whereas in a community property state you can pretty much count on 50%, in an equitable distribution state there are many factors that go into the decision as to what the property division should be. Your best bet is to sit down for a consultation with an experienced family law attorney on your area to discuss the details...
Kathryn Hilbush's answer The attorneys on this site are not supposed to solicit clients. I suggest that you do an internet search for free or low cost legal services in the Philadelphia area. I'm sure you'll be able to find several organizations that can assist you in some way.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer You probably could have just searched for this yourself. Read this article. It will give you all the answers you need. Short version answer - he probably doesn't have anything that he can play in court.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer You asked this question on another website and I answered. My answer here will be the same: Did you have an attorney represent you during the divorce? if so, then contact the attorney for assistance now. If not, that's likely how you got in this situation because we generally consider this type of issue when writing up the settlement agreement. You should consult with a local attorney experienced in family law. Perhaps your ex will respond to a letter from an attorney.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer You really should be meeting in person with an experienced family law attorney. You already have a lot of questions and this case has just started. You can't defend a divorce case by soliciting online advice every step of the way. Even though she handed the Complaint to you, you can still sign an Acceptance of Service, noting the correct date when you received the Complaint. The 30 days comes into play if you are bot actually served with the Complaint within 30 days, not when you sign and file...
Cary B. Hall's answer I suggest you file for spousal support ASAP with your local Domestic Relations office so you don't have to worry about his promises and anger. Any support award will be retroactive to the date of filing, so filing ASAP is your best bet. Moreover, any support award will be paid via a wage garnishment from his paycheck, so that bypasses any need for his voluntary cooperation or promises in the future. Best of luck to you.
Kathryn Hilbush's answer It's very difficult to know exactly what legal papers you received without reviewing them. I strongly urge you to take everything you received to an experienced family law attorney to review them in person and explain your rights and options.
Cary B. Hall's answer As your attorney suggested, you can file a petition for contempt for her failures to abide by the court order.
My question to you, however, is: why are you asking questions here when you already have an attorney, and have already asked the same question to him/her? If you trust your attorney, then follow his/her advice. If you don't, find a new attorney.
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