Your Go-To State College
Legal Representative

  1. Home
  2.  | Family Law

Sincere And Strong Advice For Family Law

As the attorney at the Law Office of Lance T. Marshall, I am principally proficient at multifaceted assessments of clients’ personal and professional lives, as well as considering resourceful solutions for people dealing with family law matters, such as asset division during a divorce settlement.

I provide family law counsel for people who are struggling with:

I have a diverse clientele and have helped people in Centre, Blair, Mifflin, Clinton, Sullivan, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties with many types of family law and divorce cases. I am trusted for my ability in negotiations and experience in the courtroom, where I help my clients through complicated legal matters.

I Help Keep Your Family Law Matter As Simple As Possible

I have represented people in family law whose assets and income range widely. As such, I pride myself on helping those clients find solutions that are suitable for their financial and emotional wants and needs. My sound legal advice and counsel are the reasons why I am one of the most sought-after family law lawyers in Central Pennsylvania.

Working Hard To Get You The Best Potential Outcome

I want my clients to be able to move forward with their lives without the waning stress of family law issues, such as parental rights and divorce. My firm is devoted to helping my clients through their family law matters as quickly as possible while keeping it as cost-effective and lucrative for them as possible.

Providing Answers To Your Questions

Divorce in Pennsylvania encompasses a range of considerations, and you deserve to have answers to your questions and guidance as you consider your options. Using more than 25 years of legal experience, I provide answers to individuals and families at every stage of divorce, child custody issues and other family law concerns.

How do Pennsylvania courts make custody decisions?

The central goal of custody arrangements in Pennsylvania is to support the best interests of the child. Courts consider various factors in the physical, emotional and mental well-being of the child. These include the child’s relationship with each parent, the stability of each home environment and the need for continuity in education, community life and family relations. The court may also consider the preference of the child if the child is mature enough to voice those wishes.

Do grandparents have custody rights in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, grandparents can request custody or visitation rights under certain circumstances. These situations include:

  • If the child’s parent passed away
  • If the parents have been separated for at least six months
  • If the parents have filed for divorce
  • If the child has lived with the grandparent for at least one year.

Each case is unique, and the court will consider the best interests of the child when making a decision.

How long do divorces take?

The duration of a divorce in Pennsylvania can vary widely. An uncontested, no-fault divorce might take as little as 90 days to resolve. However, the process may take longer if the divorce is fault-based or contested. Other issues, like the complexity of the marital estate and custody issues, can also increase the amount of time involved.

Is divorce expensive in Pennsylvania?

Just as the amount of time involved in the divorce process can vary, the expenses involved depend on your circumstances. Costs can include court fees, attorney fees, mediation costs and other expenses related to the division of property or child custody evaluations. Divorces that take longer are also often more expensive.

Because the cost of a divorce can vary, it is wise to consult with a legal professional. They can provide guidance based on the specifics of your situation.

Conveniently Located In The Heart Of Downtown State College

I treat my family law clients with the reverence and dignity they deserve. If you have a family legal matter such as divorce, division of personal or business assets, child custody, paternity, child support, spousal support, protection from abuse (PFA) orders, prenuptial agreements, powers of attorney, trusts or wills, call my Centre County family law firm today for a free consultation at 814-308-0422.