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About Patrick J. Cooper
Patrick J. Cooper is the family law partner with Philadelphia-based Sadek and Cooper Law Offices.
How Patrick became a lawyer. Patrick was introduced to the criminal justice system early on in his life. He saw the life and work of a lawyer through the eyes of literature’s and television’s most notorious attorneys. “I was always a voracious reader and a logical problem solver, so the law seemed like a natural fit. As it became apparent that my interpersonal skills were one of my strong suits, I saw a career in the law as a real possibility.”
Why Patrick chose to practice family law. As a young lawyer, Patrick realized that family law was a niche in high demand across a broad population. “As long as we have families, people will have family problems.”
Since he saw a need, he sought to become part of the solution and help people with these family problems.
Patrick’s philosophy for family law. “My philosophy is to strive to provide the highest level of legal services while also taking into account the personal needs of my individual clients. Family law, more than any other area of legal practice, is about the individual client and his or her family.”
The origins of Sadek and Cooper Law Offices. Patrick took a leap when he joined Brad Sadek’s firm in 2009. It was far from the typical firm he’d worked within the past. After four years of dedication, Patrick made partner and the firm became known as Sadek and Cooper Law Offices.
“We’re a small but growing firm that concentrates in two main areas – family law and bankruptcy. This allows us to provide custom-tailored services.”
Patrick is proud to work with a very cohesive team which he believes translates to a better experience for the client. He also notes that it makes it more enjoyable for the people in the office putting in long days and weeks on work that matters.
The highlight of Patrick’s workday. “Helping people, despite being difficult and complicated to do, is the most rewarding part of my day.”
Patrick appreciates the opportunity to listen – truly listen – to his clients and offer them a way forward.
Patrick in the community. Patrick is actively involved with the family law section of the Philadelphia County Bar Association, currently serving on its executive committee. He is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Committee and of the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court for Family Law Attorneys, which is a small organization where attorneys and judges who work in the family law sphere can meet and exchange ideas and learn from each other in a social and relaxed setting.
His firm also participates in various charitable and philanthropic endeavors. “We support the Burn Foundation, which works to benefit the Greater Philadelphia Area community by providing information about preventing fires and burn injuries, supporting our regional burn centers, and advocates for burn survivors and their families.”
Patrick outside the office. Patrick is a family man, enjoying time with his wife, children, family and friends. He also likes to get outside and ski, hike, swim and enjoy live music. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. “I just ask that my clients please not hold that against me.”
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Getting a Divorce in Philadelphia
From a legal standpoint, getting married is often far easier than getting divorced. Between ensuring that there is an equitable division of property, determining parenting time, dividing retirement accounts, and other formalities, the process of divorce can be both expensive and time-consuming. While many people can, and do, undertake this process without a divorce attorney in Philadelphia, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an attorney's legal experience.
A Glimpse of Marriage and Divorce in the U.S.
In spite of an often-quoted statistic that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate is actually dropping and now stands at about 39 percent, according to a 2018 article from Time. However, it isn't because the millennials---who have now entered adulthood, the workplace, and even matrimony---have found the key to a long-lasting relationship. It is, rather, that they're delaying marriage, with recent Census figures revealing that the average age for a first marriage is around 30 for men and 28 for women. In 2003, these ages were 27 and 25 respectively. The frequently cited reason for delaying marriage is to gain financial security first, the article notes, adding that many couples are choosing to cohabitate rather than marry.
Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer in Philadelphia
Philadelphia divorce attorneys fall into a legal practice area known as family law. Family law is focused on assisting individuals with legal matters pertaining to family relationships. In addition to divorce, family law also covers annulment, child custody and visitation, as well as adoption. Some of the reasons people seek the help of an experienced Philadelphia divorce attorney include:
- They don't wish to navigate the legal arena themselves. The legalities of divorce involve a lot of paperwork and timelines. A top Philadelphia divorce lawyer, is well educated and trained to deal with this type of work.
- There are children involved in the marriage. Divorcing with children involves a lot of provisions, such as which parent the child will primarily reside with; a parenting schedule that covers the school year, summer vacation, and holidays; and child support, along with other considerations.
- You and your spouse disagree on some matters that must be decided, such as child custody or division of assets. It is important if there are disagreements that you don't try to settle those disagreements in court without a lawyer to assist you, particularly if your spouse has a lawyer.
- Your case is complex, due to high-value assets or business ownership.
- You or your spouse has a retirement plan. Often these plans are considered a marital asset and will need to be divided equitably through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
- Your spouse is not sharing all of his or her financial information with you. Because many things such as equitable division of assets or expenses and the determination of spousal maintenance relies on your finances, if you are having difficulty obtaining this information, a lawyer can help.
- You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in your state may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your divorce lawyer understands the complexities surrounding spousal maintenance.
- You have real estate. Selling a home during a divorce can be a tricky situation that needs the expertise of someone trained in family law. Additionally, if you or your spouse wishes to live in the house for a time after the divorce, this impacts the division of your marital property in ways that an attorney can help you understand.
Reach out today to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal needs and the availability of Patrick J. Cooper to handle your matter.
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