Skillful Paoli Divorce Lawyer Guides Clients Through a Difficult Time
Chester County attorney safeguards spouses’ interests when a marriage ends
Located on the Main Line and rich in American history, Paoli has a lot to offer families who seek a home in a vibrant suburb that offers easy access to Philadelphia. No matter how nice a community might be, however, some marriages still end in divorce. Should you require the assistance of an accomplished Pennsylvania divorce lawyer, Linda MacElree (Lynn) has handled matrimonial litigation and other family law matters for more than 30 years. Residents of Chester County trust Linda MacElree Esquire, LLC because our firm treats each situation with the highest levels of care and professionalism.
Knowledgeable advocate advises on Pennsylvania’s divorce process
Pennsylvania permits fault-based divorces, but marriages are usually terminated on “no-fault” grounds because the couples have mutually agreed to the breakup or because the relationship remains broken after at least one year of separation. Like other family law matters, some marriage dissolutions are relatively simple. If you and your spouse have reached consensus on all terms, an uncontested divorce might not take much longer than three months. However, Lynn is well-versed in high net worth divorces and complex matters that can last for a year or longer. No matter the situation, our firm focuses on completing the process in a cost-efficient manner.
Proven firm advises on custody, child support, alimony and property division
Each divorce is unique, and Lynn works closely with Pennsylvania clients to learn about their specific circumstances and goals. From there, she seeks to achieve the results clients seek when it comes to:
- Child custody — When parents divorce, everyone involved should focus on the well-being of the young people who are dealing with a traumatic event. By establishing an appropriate child custody and visitation framework, parents can give their sons and daughters a chance to thrive in their new environment. In every case, Lynn strives to formalize terms on legal authority, residence and parenting time that are truly in the best interests of the children.
- Property division — Allocating substantial marital assets such as the family home can be a complex challenge. During negotiations and litigation under the state’s equitable distribution rule, our firm reviews the relevant information in detail and presses for a property division order that treats our clients fairly.
- Child support — Both parents are required to meet the financial needs of their sons and daughters. Lynn can explain the information used in Pennsylvania’s child support formula and address arrangements related to education costs and other expenses that aren’t considered in the calculation. She also handles proceedings when a parent wants to change the amount of a child support obligation or collect back payments.
- Alimony — If one spouse earned all or most of a household’s income, Pennsylvania law authorizes different types of alimony payments both before or after the marriage is dissolved. If a couple has separated, but neither party has filed for divorce, spousal support can be granted. While the case is pending, payments are referred to as alimony pendente lite. Once the marriage is dissolved, a party who relied on their spouse’s income could obtain payments to rehabilitate their ability to earn a suitable living. Someone who is unable to work might seek permanent support.
Whether your divorce is relatively friendly or marked by serious conflict, Lynn is a determined advocate who will pursue the best possible result for you and your children.
Contact a proven Paoli divorce lawyer to make an appointment
Linda MacElree Esquire, LLC represents Paoli residents and clients from other area communities in divorce proceedings and other family law matters. Please call 610-344-7600 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We are located in Exton. Consultations are charged at Lynn’s then-hourly rate.