In Pennsylvania, the law allows for no-fault divorces. This means that the parties have reached a point in their marriage where there are irreconcilable differences, and at least one of you no longer wants to be married. Although there may be serious reasons that make you want a divorce, a "grounds divorce" is costly and provides you with no financial or legal advantage in your case. Unfortunately, despite the emotional upheaval a divorce can bring, the real purpose of divorce is to divide assets and/or debts, and allow each of you to become free of the ties that bound you while married. When couples dissolve their marriage, it is hoped that you will be able to reach agreements concerning division of assets and/or debts, and, if applicable, spousal support, child custody and child support, among other things. If such agreements cannot be reached, the court will decide these issues for you based on Pennsylvania law. In meeting with Ellen, you will learn about the divorce process and will find the help you need to understand and negotiate the various agreements needed to dissolve your marriage. If necessary, your interests will be represented confidently and personally before the court, to aid you in getting a satisfactory result.
Going through a divorce is never easy. The change in family structure, the arguments regarding splitting the household, the fights over the kids’ future: all these contribute to your stress and anxiety. At the law office of Ellen S. Kingsley, in Easton, Pennsylvania, you will find a focus on family law, and as a result, a clear understanding of the difficulties and challenges you are going through. You will be offered supportive representation, and will find that Ellen will take the time to truly understand your situation and advise you on the best options for your needs. The goal is for you to understand what is at stake and to receive the guidance you need to make good decisions for moving forward.
Divorce & Family Law Practice
Ellen's practice involves all matters of divorce, including:
- Property division
- Alimony (spousal support)
- Child custody & visitation
- Child support
- Pet custody
In addition to representing clients during the dissolution of their marriages, Ellen also handles post-judgment matters such as modifications and Enforcement of Property Settlement Agreements. Sometimes, your ex doesn't do what they were supposed to under the terms of your agreement: alimony stops unexpectedly, or the house isn't sold when it was supposed to be sold, or a variety of other issues. In those cases, let Ellen help you get what's rightfully yours.
I limit my practice to family law, divorce & custody mediation, and animal law. I understand that substantial changes in family structure can be stressful & emotionally exhausting, so your experience with an attorney should not be. With my low-volume practice, I can be completely dedicated to your case & give it the personalized attention it deserves.
I believe that candid, confidential communication is paramount. It is important for your lawyer to know you, as well as your situation, so that he or she may best assess your options & help you make the best possible decisions. I strive to educate my clients about the processes they will face. I keep them informed of important developments in their cases.
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE, 1999
Juris Doctor, Honors
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 1987