Family Law Representation Makes
a Lifetime of Difference

At Saling, Litvin & Hambleton we have been handling divorce, separation and custody cases In Chester County since 1973. We know that pursing a divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions you will ever make, particularly if children are involved and our knowledgeable attorneys are here to assist.

Our Practice Areas

At Saling, Litvin & Hambleton we are competent and experienced in all of the following areas of divorce and domestic relations:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Annulments
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Division of Property
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Mediation
  • Paternity
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Property Settlements
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Spousal Support
  • Visitation
  • Grandparent Rights

Our firm has successfully resolved complex cases and litigation, as well as more simple and straight-forward cases. The areas of family law we can assist you with include, but are not limited to:

Divorce

Spousal Support / Alimony

Child Custody

Child Support

Separation

Prenuptial Agreements

We firmly believe family law problems should be handled aggressively but with understanding.

A prompt response is important in this area where emotions can run high. As West Chester, Pennsylvania attorneys and a family law firm, we pledge to respond promptly and treat your case with the compassion and diligence it deserves. Domestic relations and family law is a broad category and includes such matters as divorce, child support, custody, domestic violence, visitation, neglect and paternity issues. We have handled extremely complex and difficult cases and would be happy to discuss your current situation with you.

Contact Us

Saling, Litvin & Hambleton is an experienced and reputable law firm with a dedicated team of four attorneys and three support staff. 

With free parking and a convenient West Chester location, our firm is committed to assisting you with your legal needs.  

CONTACT US today to schedule an initial consultation.

Prenuptial Agreements

 If you are contemplating marriage, it is advisable to consider a prenuptial agreement.  Whether you are the one seeking such an agreement or the one who has been asked to sign such an agreement, our attorneys can advise you on the intricacies of such agreements, as well as the many options available in drafting such agreements to provide for the appropriate result in the event that the parties should later separate and/or divorce.  If you are already married, but are experiencing difficulties with your current spouse, a postnuptial agreement may be useful in clarifying your property rights as well as rights to support/alimony should a divorce later occur. 

Separation

Many of our clients ask about the concept of “legal separation”.  Pennsylvania does not specifically recognize that status.  However, should a separation occur, important issues will arise, including issues of spousal support, child support, child custody and responsibility for the ongoing liabilities of the marriage.  We have extensive experience in dealing with all of these issues with the objective of achieving the best possible resolution for your particular situation.  Even if there is no divorce filing, it is important that you have proper advice to guide you through any period of separation from your spouse.

Child Support

Under Pennsylvania law, child support is governed by a formula based upon the after-tax incomes or earning capacities of the parents.  However, there are many exceptions to the general rule guideline amount, including deviations from that amount based upon custody time with the children and unusual fixed obligations.  The guideline amount can be supplemented by additional funding for private school and the children’s extracurricular activities.  Our lawyers are involved in child support calculations, negotiations and hearings on a regular basis and will work to achieve the best possible result under the facts of your case. 

Child Custody

Child custody is often the most emotional and contentious issue arising when parents separate.  The law relating to child custody has evolved over time and without it the child custody arrangements that result when parents separate.  Our attorneys will work with you to develop a proper parenting plan which is consistent with your children’s needs and best interests.

Spousal Support / Alimony

Under Pennsylvania law, during any period of separation, the financially advantaged spouse has an obligation to pay support to the financially dependent spouse.  Spousal support normally continues until the divorce is final.  Thereafter, the financially dependent spouse may be entitled to an award of alimony.  Whether alimony is awarded in a given case will be based upon many factors, including the income disparity between the parties, the length of the marriage and the individual needs of the parties.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling support and alimony claims to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Divorce

You have likely heard that Pennsylvania is a “no fault” state, meaning that fault is no longer a necessary consideration in deciding issues of property division and alimony.  Under Pennsylvania law, marital property is divided in a process called “equitable distribution” in which marital assets are identified, valued and divided equitably between divorcing spouses.  In determining property division, the Court must examine twelve factors, including, for example, the length of the marriage, the relative incomes of the parties and which party will have primary responsibility for raising children.

There are many misconceptions about what comprises “marital property”.  Basically, marital property is all property acquired during the marriage, whether in individual names or joint names as well as the increase in value during the marriage of any property not considered marital property.  One of the challenges in resolving divorce cases is identifying and valuing the assets subject to division in divorce.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in discovering and identifying marital assets and valuing those assets for purposes of equitable distribution. 

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