Philadelphia Divorce Lawyer

Patrick J. Cooper

Philadelphia Divorce Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Philadelphia Divorce Local Legal Authority.

Patrick J. Cooper

Philadelphia Divorce Attorney

Philadelphia Divorce Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Philadelphia Divorce Local Legal Authority.

Your Philadelphia Divorce Attorney

About
Patrick J. Cooper

I embrace the challenge of representing a client during the most uncertain and important of times. Divorce and Family Law are areas of law that are to be taken most seriously because they involve people's most important assets in addition to their familial relationships. It is crucial that spouses and parents involved select an attorney with the requisite skill and experience and a vested interest in the case.

About Philadelphia Divorce Law

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 an Philadelphia divorce attorney, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an divorce 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 Philadelphia Divorce Attorney

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. Philadelphia divorce attorneys are educated and trained to deal with this type of work, while many of their clients are not.
  • 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 Philadelphia divorce 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 in Philadelphia can help.
  • You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in Pennsylvania may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your Philadelphia 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.

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What clients in Philadelphia are saying about
Patrick J. Cooper

I can't say enough how glad I am to have decided to use Yoninah Orenstein as the lawyer representing me in my struggle to get some custody of my daughter back.She helped keep me on track, and focused on the bigger picture. She knew the ins and outs of the subtleties of custody law quite well, and she navigated the complex system and settlement prior to the trial with strength and purpose.Having her by my side gave me courage and resiliency. I wouldn't want anyone else as my representation.Unfortunately I know I will need to have a good lawyer for the rest of my life from time to time. Fortunately I now know who I'll turn to first.
Nick Rubenstein
Nick Rubenstein
15:24 17 Dec 20
I just want to take the time to recognize how grateful I have been to work with Joelle these last 13 months. I researched different firms before choosing Sadek, but it was my initial conversation with Joelle that made the difference. She was very kind and patient. She didn’t rush me and was willing to give me all the education I needed throughout the legal process. Her courtesy and professionalism was consistent and I’m very fortunate to have had her represent me. Thanks Joelle for being such a great advocate during this process!
Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan
09:26 20 Oct 20
My friend suffered a lot in her marriage life. And after separation, she fought a case for her child custody. She could not handle all legal processes by herself. So she met with Patrick Cooper. Discussed her case with the lawyer. The lawyer gives the assurance to get back her child and they succeed in this. the lawyer very professional and experienced in his work. My friend is now happy with her child. recommended to everyone.
Irina Cebotari
Irina Cebotari
06:40 28 Jul 20
Very happy with the service. First class advise, very polite and understanding. Did not charge one cent for his time and did a fantastic job getting me the result I was looking for. These guys clearly know what they are doing. Highly recommended.
Doug Tinlin
Doug Tinlin
05:57 23 Jun 20
Highly recommended. Mr. Cooper is very professional, understanding, and good at his job. I was able to get an appointment quickly and always received prompt answers to my emails throughout my case. The whole team are lovely people, which helps when going through a difficult time.
Rylee Hallie
Rylee Hallie
10:09 17 Jun 20

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