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What’s a “Gray” Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 19, 2018

It’s easy to qualify for a “gray” divorce. Your hair doesn’t need to be gray, nor do need to have been married for many years, though it usually is one or the other… or both. It is a fact that older folks or long-married couples get divorced for exactly the same reasons as younger couples… read more


What’s The Difference Between a Religious Annulment and a Legal Annulment?

Posted in Divorce on April 18, 2018

Many people would like to end their marriages by annulment rather than divorce. Annulment seems to be a “nicer” way to do it; yet, qualifying for an annulment from our courts is very rare. First of all, one must seek an annulment as soon as one discovers that one qualifies for it. Why? Because our… read more


What Happens To Pets During A Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 17, 2018

Many people view their pets as family members, but our courts, as much as a judge may like pets, cannot treat them the same as children. Accordingly, we must speak of the “possession” of pets and not the “custody” of pets. It is entirely possible for a pet to belong to either party or to… read more


What Happens If Your Spouse Won’t Sign Divorce Papers

Posted in Divorce on April 16, 2018

For a divorce to be low cost, everything about it must be simple and involve very little work for the lawyer. That can only be the case if both parties are and remain available and fully cooperative and both give written consent to the divorce, no matter how the parties have been separated. Period. Let’s… read more


Is There a Good or Easy Way to Tell My Spouse That I Want a Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 15, 2018

It is an unfortunate fact that half of all marriages end in divorce (and three out of four ends whenever stepchildren are part of the picture). It is all but impossible for both people to decide at the same time that they want the divorce. One may see it coming, but one will want it… read more


I Have No Idea Where My Spouse Is. Can I Still Get a Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 14, 2018

Spouses do lose contact with one another, sometimes accidentally and, other times, one will hide from the other for various reasons. In a conventional divorce through a local, expensive, full-service law firm, it may be possible to get a divorce from a spouse who cannot be found; but, the court cannot simply be told that… read more


How To Budget For an Uncontested Divorce

Posted in Divorce on April 13, 2018

An uncontested divorce through my office can be as low as $219.00 (including court costs) and my clients often pay in installments, the first being as low as $25.00. If money is tight for you, every time you receive a step in the divorce process from me, you can take as long as you want… read more


How Long After An Uncontested Divorce Can I Remarry?

Posted in Divorce on April 12, 2018

Believe it or not, someone who gets divorced may remarry before the ink is dry on the divorce decree. There is a 30 day period that begins with the date on the decree during which either party to the divorce may file something called  “exceptions” to the decree, but in the tens of thousands of… read more


Do I Still Get Military Retirement Pay After A Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 11, 2018

It is not unusual for one spouse or the other to be entitled to receive payments from a former employer after retirement from that employer. That employer could be private, government or even the military. Under Pennsylvania law, the other spouse may well have a claim to a portion of that retirement pay as it… read more


Changing A Child’s Last Name After an Uncontested Divorce

Posted in Divorce on April 10, 2018

It is not at all unusual for a woman to want to re-take her maiden name (or even a prior married name) as part of a divorce. More women might do this except it sometimes means that the children of the marriage will end up with the ex-husband’s last name and it would then be… read more


Can A Spouse Who Cheats Receive Alimony in Pennsylvania?

Posted in Divorce on April 9, 2018

Even though neither party’s “faults” are in the paperwork of a NO-fault divorce, it is usually the case that one spouse has had enough of the other’s bad behavior, no matter what it may have been, such as adultery, physical abuse, desertion or any other behavior that causes the other party to want to end… read more


Getting A Divorce When One Side Is Not in Pennsylvania?

Posted in Divorce on December 29, 2017

A state is known in the law as a jurisdiction and it is absolutely important that your divorce be filed in the correct jurisdiction. If a divorce is filed in the wrong jurisdiction, either by mistake or on purpose, it will be a permanently legally defective divorce forever. It would be as if the divorce… read more


Can I File a Divorce Myself in Pennsylvania?

Posted in Divorce on December 22, 2017

First, one may think that I should have used “may I” instead of “can I” in the title. In this instance, “can I” is correct. Under our law, a person “may” represent him or herself in our Courts of Common Pleas where divorces are filed, but “can” one do it correctly? Perhaps more importantly, will… read more


Pennsylvania Divorce and Undocumented Immigrants

Posted in Divorce on December 15, 2017

As we all know these days (and has been the case for most of the history of our country and others), there are people in the USA who legally may have no right to be in the USA. This is not a political discussion on that subject, just my explanation how being in the USA… read more


Can I Get a Pennsylvania Divorce If I or My Spouse Is Incarcerated?

Posted in Divorce on December 8, 2017

Whether or not anyone can get a divorce in Pennsylvania depends on many things, but, except in a somewhat unusual circumstance, one or both parties being in jail or in prison is not one of them. For a simple, uncontested no-fault divorce, if one or both parties are incarcerated, the place where he, she or… read more


Is a Pennsylvania Divorce Possible If One of Us Is in the Military?

Posted in Divorce on December 1, 2017

When one (or even both) parties to a divorce are in the full-time military service, filing a divorce in Pennsylvania may still be possible even when one party (or both) are stationed, based or posted outside of Pennsylvania…even outside of the USA or even serving for an extended time at sea. What is required is… read more


How Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce Works

Posted in Divorce on November 24, 2017

Pennsylvania’s no-fault divorce law went into effect in June of 1980. For approximately the previous two hundred years, Pennsylvania had only fault divorce. Even the simplest uncontested fault divorces took quite a bit of a lawyer’s time as the client and lawyer had to appear in Court and the client had to testify about the… read more


How Fast Can One Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania?

Posted in Divorce on November 17, 2017

“How fast can I get my divorce?” That’s a question almost every client asks. The answer depends on several things. First, obviously, is how soon you hire your lawyer to start the process. Mike Davis at Davis Divorce Law is ready to start your divorce immediately. Second, how busy is your lawyer? Davis Divorce Law,… read more


Pennsylvania Divorce Attorney Mike Davis Reaches 43 Years of Practice

Posted in Divorce on November 13, 2017

Davis started practicing in 1974, and has helped well over 100,000 clients, PADivorce.com reports PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 13, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Attorney Mike Davis announces his 43rd year performing divorces in the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Science in 1970 from the University of Pittsburgh and his Juris Doctor… read more


DIY Divorce Kits Are Risky And Impractical In Pennsylvania

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

This article looks at three reasons why divorce kits are dangerous, especially in Pennsylvania. In recent years, more and more people have chosen to use do-it-yourself divorce kits to help them legally end their marriages. Divorce kits can appear attractive, especially since they promise a divorce quickly and cheaply. However, many people who have used… read more


Many Pros, Few Cons With An Uncontested, No-Fault Divorce

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

There are many benefits to seeking an uncontested divorce. We’ve all heard that half of all marriages end in divorce. This statistic is fairly accurate, and while the divorce rate does vary from year-to-year, roughly 50 percent of all married couples do end up splitting. That number is even higher for subsequent marriages, with as… read more


Uncoupled Selfie Trend Highlights Benefits Of Uncontested Divorce

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

An uncontested divorce can save time and money. Is it right for you? It is a trend that is sweeping Instagram: the divorce selfie. Often followed with the #uncoupled or #divorceselfies, these photos feature couples who appear to celebrate the fact that they recently finalized their divorce. Many are taken outside the courthouse where the… read more


Staying Together For The Kids Is Not Always In Their Best Interest

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

It is no secret that divorce can take an emotional toll on children, and well-meaning but unhappily married parents often repeat the refrain that they are “staying together for the kids.” However, remaining in a dysfunctional marriage – even for the right reasons – can also be harmful for kids. When the alternative is a… read more


Uncontested Divorce May Lessen The Financial Impact Of Gray Divorce

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Gray divorce can create significant financial challenges for older adults; minimizing costs with an uncontested divorce may help ease this problem. Divorce creates a financial burden for most couples, between the direct costs and the increased expenses of living independently afterward. For the growing number of Pittsburgh couples seeking “gray divorces” after age 50, the… read more


Divorce Season Is An Opportunity For A New Start For Many

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

On behalf of Michael Davis January is the most popular time to divorce as people reassess their goals The beginning of the new year also marks, for many, the beginning of their new life as a soon-to-be single person. January has become known as ‘Divorce Month,’ according to MarketWatch, because of the big surge in… read more


Ending Same-Sex Marriages And Marriage-Like Unions In Pennsylvania

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

The status of out-of-state civil unions in Pennsylvania is undecided. Pennsylvania can grant same-sex divorces, but the jury is still out about whether it will dissolve civil unions and other domestic partnerships entered into in other states. While same-sex couples may now get married and divorced from a legally performed marriage in Pennsylvania, other marriage-like… read more


The Value Of Working With An Attorney To File An Uncontested Divorce

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Divorce can be a lengthy and expensive process, but it doesn’t have to be. Many people minimize the cost and time of divorce by filing a simple, no-fault, uncontested divorce. When spouses resolve the issues between themselves and file for a no-fault divorce, they can avoid significant expense and wasted time without the need for… read more


The Premarital Agreement In A Simple, Uncontested Pennsylvania Divorce

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

In Pennsylvania, spouses can get a simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce with a minimum of time, effort and expense. If they had entered into a premarital agreement before the marriage to settle matters of property division and other issues upon divorce, they must decide at the time of the no-fault divorce whether to enforce the terms… read more


Uncontested Divorce: When Is It Appropriate?

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Divorce is often thought of as a drawn-out, expensive courtroom battle, but it doesn’t have to be that way. An uncontested divorce offers couples an affordable, timely way to avoid the expense and drama of a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce is appropriate in a wide variety of situations, including the following: Couples Who Have… read more


Child Custody Trends Change Amid Evolving Family Structures

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

The family landscape today is much different than it was several decades ago. The Detroit Free Press recently profiled an interesting story about the makeup of today’s 21st century families and just how different the family structure is. The story also discussed how child custody arrangements are much different when a divorce occurs. Stay-at-home dads… read more


No-Fault Divorce: Cheaper, Faster, Less Painful For All Concerned

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Only one of the 50 states refuses to allow some form of no-fault divorce. In a recent editorial, the New York Times lambasted that state’s legislature for failing to enact no-fault divorce, stating that current law makes “divorces costlier, longer, and uglier than they need to be.” In contrast, Pennsylvania has had no-fault divorce since… read more


Facebook Evidence On The Rise In Divorces

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Finally deciding to end your marriage can lead you to focus on your future. Not knowing what is going to happen next can cause a lot of stress, even if you and your spouse have worked out the details of your divorce. You log in to your Facebook account, and post a quick message about… read more


Divorce In Pennsylvania: Is The Price Right?

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

People facing the prospect of divorce usually find that emotional pain is part of the process. And most are surprised when they discover the financial pain from the experience. Bills and fees add up very quickly when a person pays a divorce lawyer by the hour. How High Can The Bills Go? The Billing Rates… read more


Afford Your Divorce – Quick, Easy And Painless

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

Everyone has read stories about a divorce that is spiraling out of control, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars as the couple fights over every single thing. Custody of the children, spousal support and property division can be extremely expensive and time-consuming if the parties are focused on going to court. Parties who can resolve… read more


Uncontested Divorce In Pennsylvania

Posted in Divorce on October 12, 2016

It is an unfortunate reality: couples living in misery because both are discouraged from seeking a divorce because of the specter of costly legal fees, property disputes and other financial issues. However, leaving a troubled marriage may not be so difficult when you know about the process of obtaining an uncontested divorce, otherwise known as… read more