Divorce Attorney Near Me West Chester, PA

Divorce Attorney Near Me West Chester, PA

If you searched for ‘Divorce Attorney Near Me in West Chester, PA’ then your search is over!  The fact that you are here, probably, indicates a divorce is, at the very least, being contemplated by you or your spouse.  At LaMonaca Law,  our divorce attorneys fully understand the roller-coaster-ride of emotions this type of decision creates. 


There is a lot of pain – for adults and for children.  The most innocent are merged into a new lifestyle where only one parent at a time provides for them, and it hurts – it hurts a lot.  Grandparents, too, become inescapably impacted when their adult children say,  “I just can’t do this anymore”.  The heartbreak for everyone involved is bad enough, but being taken advantage of, during and after the divorce proceedings, can turn into a double-sucker punch.


Our Divorce Attorneys = Your Most Potent Ally


As divorce attorneys serving West Chester, we’ll make sure you receive the full visitation rights and/or maximized monetary support you are lawfully entitled to, such as child support.  By the same token, our divorce attorneys work, closely, with non-custodial parents.  Non-custodial parents may request lowering the amount of child support depending on extenuating circumstances or if child support is based on inaccurate documentation by the custodial parent.


Our West Chester, PA neighbors reach out to our divorce attorneys for professional intervention as well as for compassion and understanding – we strive to make the divorce proceedings less taxing while working towards a brighter tomorrow.  We’re here to listen and support our West Chester clients with an empathetic ear as well as serve as their strong legal ally who will be with them, from start to finish.  Can feelings of hopelessness turn into feelings of harmony?  Yes they can, and we’ll work with you to help you get there!


A Prioritized Goal:  Keeping the Peace


No one can, truly, anticipate nor appreciate the emotions embedded in a divorce unless one, actually, goes through it.  The most congenial person can show their claws when, and if, the right buttons are pushed.  Child custody, for example, can become extremely emotional for parties on both sides.  And, of course, the distribution of personal assets can become a bone of contention for just about anyone, especially when assets have sentimental value attached to them.


At LaMonaca Law we strive, wholeheartedly, to nurture peace, civility, and harmony between all parties.  Can it be a challenge?  Yes, it can be.  Our divorce attorneys are, fully, prepared for any situation – we have seen it all and we have experienced it all, but through it all we will maintain amicability.


As divorce attorneys, we utilize our firm’s ‘Team Approach’ to ensure the divorce process continues as seamlessly and as civilly, as possible.  We remain laser-focused on what is fair, what is equitable, what is just, and what is legal.  We make sure our West Chester, PA clients are not taken advantage of and that they, fully, receive what they are legally due.


We Cover All Aspects of Divorce


As highly-versatile divorce attorneys in Family Law, we offer our expertise in a variety of divorce-related practice areas, including:


Out-of-Court Agreements


Out-of-court agreements have the advantage of bypassing a judge who would, otherwise, decide how personal issues would be resolved.  Out-of-court agreements involve informal negotiations between both parties with respective lawyers who facilitate details concerning property division, child support, child custody, alimony, etc. 


Your divorce attorney from our law firm would make sure agreements are negotiated in good faith and that the agreements do not, unfairly, compromise your rights – we will not allow anyone to take advantage of you!  Your divorce attorney will draft and execute out-of-court agreements with minimal cost, minimal time, and minimized stress. 


Marital-Property Distribution


Your divorce attorney will help determine the best solution for dividing and distributing marital property.  This could include real-estate in West Chester, PA or other locations as well as business assets, intricate investments, and more.  Marital property distribution can be efficient and straight forward or quite detailed.  Any final decision would be based on fairness rather than equality.


Military Divorce


Being part of a military family can add extra challenges to a pending divorce.  Fortunately, your West Chester, PA divorce attorney can ease some of the emotional turmoil by handling all the aspects of your case!  


If you or your spouse might be on a tour-of-duty or a military assignment out of the state or out of the country, you can count on your LaMonaca Law divorce attorney to work, closely, with you if details must be handled, internationally. 


No-Fault Divorce


No-fault divorces in Pennsylvania move forward as contested or uncontested.  Contested cases involve one spouse being in disagreement that a divorce is necessary.  If you are contesting your pending divorce, we will address the disputed issues to achieve the appropriate resolution.


Uncontested divorces mean both spouses agree the marriage should dissolve.  Our divorce attorneys can relieve some of the turmoil and tension as we, thoughtfully and thoroughly, guide our West Chester, PA clients through the no-fault process. 


Post-Divorce Modification


Seeking modification to the terms of a divorce decree is not uncommon.  There are certain circumstances that can justify a post-divorce modification:  1) the misuse or abuse of drugs or alcohol by an ex-spouse 2) an ex-spouse having moved or planning to move to another state with the child(ren) 3) an ex-spouse being non-compliant with the property-settlement agreement 4) either ex-spouse experiencing severe injury and 5) notable changes regarding income, and more.  


Regardless of how long it has been since your divorce decree was issued, do not hesitate to contact our divorce-attorney team to discuss a post-divorce modification if significant new developments have emerged.




Divorces end marriages, but annulments ‘deny’ the marriage, ever, existed.  Seeking an annulment could be due to 1) one party being under-age 2) one party being unable to consent due to some type of incompetence or 3) the marriage having been performed under duress, coercion, or fraud.  Other situations may apply.  


Are you desiring an annulment?  Your divorce attorney would perform a thorough analysis to determine the appropriate course of action.  Annulments allow both parties to move forward without being labeled as ex-husband or ex-wife – it’s the closest thing to It never, ever, happened!


Uncontested Divorce


Some individuals believe that an uncontested divorce is better handled without divorce-lawyer representation.  This is not recommended.  Even in the most ‘simple’ or ‘peaceful’ divorce situations, issues can become very intricate.  Dealing with property assets, financial accounts, investments, custody of child(ren), spousal support, and other details can require a great deal of legal insight.


It is not uncommon for issues to arise in uncontested divorce cases which can turn into contested situations.  Unexpected disagreements would require a compromise before the divorce would become finalized, and having legal representation would be vital.  Your divorce attorney would help to negotiate the terms as well as handle all the detailed paperwork.


Types of Financial Support


As divorce attorneys, we specialize in 6 different types of support:  1) Spousal support 2) Child support 3) Interstate Support 4) Paternity 5) Alimony Pendente and 6) Alimony.  Here are three of the most common types of divorce-related support.


Alimony – During a divorce proceeding, one spouse may be ordered to pay alimony which would hinge on the circumstances of the newly-ended marriage.  Generally, alimony is awarded to cover food, shelter, clothing, living expenses and, possibly, other costs.  In Pennsylvania, alimony is not guaranteed.  In the end, a judge will decide whether to award alimony.  Your divorce attorney will be with you to support your alimony claim or defense.


Spousal Support – When spouses separate, the party who earns less may be entitled to receive spousal support from the higher earner during the pending divorce.  If you are a dependent spouse, you want your needs to be met during this time.  Your divorce attorney will fight for your rights to ensure you receive what you are entitled to!


On the other hand, if you are the party required to pay spousal support, we will make sure your support obligation will be fair and aligns with Pennsylvania law.


Child Support – Implementation of child support or modifications with, existing, child-support may become necessary.  Even if both parties can come to an agreement, a divorce attorney is needed to handle the mediation and the legal paperwork.


Whether you are paying child support or receiving child support, you want a divorce attorney who will make sure you are not overpaying nor being underpaid!  Is your ex-spouse moving out of state or has he or she, already, done so and you remain concerned your child support could become compromised?  Is your estranged partner refusing to make child-support payments?  Call LaMonaca Law, right now!


Award-Recognized Expertise 


Mr. LaMonaca has received numerous awards and distinctions which include:  


  • Named a “Top Lawyer” (Ranked #1) fourteen times in Main Line Today magazine for “Divorce” and/or “Custody” (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2004)
  • Named an “Awesome/Top Attorney” (Ranked #1) for Family Law and Divorce in Suburban Life Magazine (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Raised to AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) by LexisNexis/Martindale Hubble (2017).  AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence in, both, legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Recognized by Daily Times Best Lawyers for “Family Law” (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine
  • Received a 10-out-of-10 Ranking Score on Avvo.com
  • Mr. LaMonaca holds memberships in the American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Divisions and other organizations. 


Download Our Free Ebook 


Divorce is tough.  Feelings don’t shut off like a light switch, but things that feel difficult now can become replaced with feelings of empowerment and self-confidence.  We, strongly, encourage you to download our free ebook, The Pennsylvania Divorce, Custody & Financial Survival Guide, available through our website.  May the information from this valuable resource enlighten you and endow you with resolve, assurance, and grace!


Contact LaMonaca Law, Without Delay


If your spouse has a powerful divorce attorney by his or her side, shouldn’t you have the same?  You can connect with our legal team in various ways: 


  • Call 484-440-9226 or 484-440-9284 for, immediate, attention.
  • Visit www.lamonacalaw.com to schedule a consultation.  Click and respond to the Schedule Consultation tab.  We will reply, promptly! 
  • Initiate a Live Chat on our website.
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Going Beyond Client Expectations for More Than 20 Years

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