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Giampolo Law Group assists members of the gay and LGBTQ+ communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in navigating the legal channels through which a couple dissolves a relationship, whether a divorce or cohabitation agreement. As a divorce is one of the more difficult transitions an adult it can help emotionally, and financially, to have an experienced attorney handling LGBT divorces. Please click here to contact our gay Pennsylvania divorce lawyers for a free case evaluation. You can also visit @thegaylawyer to begin your complimentary, and confidential case analysis. 

Depending upon the type of formalized or legal relationship between the parties, a client may be entitled to alimony, support, and/or equitable distribution of assets and debt.  Pennsylvania and New Jersey employ different theories in the application of equitable distribution and alimony. While New Jersey generally leans toward the utilization of alimony to adjust for disparity in income between parties, Pennsylvania awards support much more sparingly. However, Pennsylvania adjusts for discrepancies in income and earning capacity by offsetting the distribution of assets and liabilities between the parties, whereas New Jersey generally applies a 50/50 split to marital debts and assets.

GLG is well versed in the application and use of Child Support Guidelines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that are necessary during divorce and the dissolution of the family unit. We strive to ensure that your children receive the support to which they are entitled. We also provide guidance and representation in regard to recalculation applications, instances of changed circumstances warranting review, and modification of a child support award.

When faced with the end of a marriage, it is not uncommon for spouses to suspect that marital assets may be hidden. This can include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, real estate and cryptocurrency among other tangibles. Unfortunately, many times they are as spouses, particularly the primary wage earner, begin to focus more on the financial aspect of the divorce vs. what is best for the adults and or children. In some cases assets may be hidden by transfer to a third party, there may be outright denial of the existence of the asset(s), creation of false debt, or other fraudulent schemes. 

It is imperative that you remember that during a divorce you have rights and interests that need to be protected. The gay Pennsylvania divorce lawyers at our firm can help with as they work directly with experts such as, financial experts and private investigators in order to locate such assets and gather the evidence needed to obtain what is rightfully owed to the rightful party.

Pennsylvania family law imposes fiduciary disclosure duties on spouses.  This is the duty of the highest good faith and fair dealing with each spouse, where neither party shall take any unfair advantage of the other. These duties continue even after the end of the marriage; they extend to full financial disclosure.  Through the discovery process, and the powers of the court, marital assets can be traced, located and equitably divided.

The Philadelphia LGBTQ divorce lawyers at GLG possess many years of experience locating assets and obtaining the most favorable outcome for its clients.  They begin with basic steps, and make certain that no stone is left unturned—that an exhaustive search is conducted to identify all potential hidden assets

Despite any of the foregoing generalities, Giampolo Law Group knows that every case is fact sensitive, based upon the differences in the parties, children, incomes, employment, and a multitude of other factors that make every case unique. Our clients receive advice on the potential for alimony in any given case, but also regarding the division of assets and liabilities such as businesses, stock options, investment accounts, retirement plans, real estate, and credit card debt.

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