Patrick J. Cooper, Esquire is a Partner in the Law firm of Sadek and Cooper. Patrick started with the firm in 2009 as an associate attorney and through his hard work and dedication the firm’s family law practice has flourished with hundreds of satisfied clients. Patrick became a named Partner of Sadek and Cooper in 2013. Patrick specializes in Divorce, Custody and Child Support and is also well-versed in the areas of Bankruptcy Law and Mortgage Foreclosure Defense.
Patrick is a Graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Patrick is active within the family law community and currently sits on the executive board of the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court for Family Law attorneys. Patrick’s goal is to provide first class legal services in a compassionate and affordable manner.
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- Q. I need Pre-Nup advice
- A: First, you should consult with an experienced local divorce attorney. Make sure that you bring a copy of your pre-nuptial agreement to the consultation. Some attorneys offer a free initial consultation and some charge a fee. Either way, if you consult with the right attorney, that will be time and money well spent. Depending on the terms of your pre-nuptial agreement, you may be entitled to receive spousal support or alimony pendente lite (alimony pending the litigation). It is also possible that your pre-nuptial agreement may be able to be "set aside." The invalidation of a pre-nuptial agreement would necessitate that you satisfy some very specific requirements. The facts surrounding the disclosure of assets and debts, drafting, and execution of the agreement would all need to be evaluated by an experienced divorce lawyer. I wish you all the best during this difficult time and I urge you to seek qualified legal counsel.
- Q. Both parties are consenting to divorce but have been separated for 10 years. Does the 90 day waiting period still count?
- A: This is a great question. Unfortunately the rules of procedure in divorce cases can be confusing. The Pennsylvania Divorce Code requires different waiting periods depending on the parties' date of separation. Once the parties have been separated for over one or two years (depending on their date of separation the waiting period varies) then either spouse can file an affidavit with the court stating the date of separation which then must be served on the other party in the same manner as the divorce complaint. If the other party does not contest that date of separation or voluntarily waives any further notice prior to finalization of the case then If you did not do this yet then you would need to go back and do it before you could try to proceed under section 3301(d) of the Code. Otherwise, if you are willing to wait the extra time, you can wait until the 90 day waiting period has expired and move forward under section 3301(c) of the Code. My best advice here would be to hire an experienced divorce attorney to make sure that the case is finalized as quickly and with as few headaches as possible. -Patrick J. Cooper, Esquire