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Charles J. Meyer

Philadelphia Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can I file for a fault divorce in PA?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Charles J. Meyer
    2. Thomas J. Petrelli Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    Pennsylvania has fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. Typically, divorces move forward under no-fault grounds, as it is emotionally and financially costly to litigate fault grounds. Further, fault is not a factor in the distribution of assets. It is a factor in the award of alimony, but only one of several factors, and does not really come into play. Basically, while you can file for divorce citing fault grounds, it is not cost-effective to do so.

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  2. What is the legal age to choose what parent you want to live with in the state of pennsylavnnia?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Charles J. Meyer
    1 lawyer answer

    Custody cases are always decided based upon the "best interests of the child". As children get older, their desires carry more weight, but they never are dispositive. The Court always has the last say, and will make its determination based upon all of the available evidence. In some cases, a court may order that a custody evaluation by a psychologist be conducted to assist the court in determining the "best interests". You should consult with counsel in the area to assist you in determining...

  3. What are the child custody laws in luzerne county? The child in question is almost 13, can he be heard in court?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Charles J. Meyer
    1 lawyer answer

    The laws in Pennsylvania related to custody are statewide, not county by county. The consideration is always the "best interests of the child". As children get older, their desires carry more weight, but they never are dispositive. The Court always has the last say, and will make its determination based upon all of the available evidence. In some cases, a court may order that a custody evaluation by a psychologist be conducted to assist the court in determining the "best interests". You...