Somerset Family Lawyer Provides Comprehensive Support
Big life changes often call for a capable lawyer
Altering your family structure in any way — through marriage, divorce, adoption or a change in your child custody arrangements — can be stressful.
Somerset family lawyer Matthew R. Zatko strives to provide compassionate, non-judgmental support while protecting your legal rights and best interests. I handle all aspects of family law and domestic relations including:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Post-divorce modifications
- Paternity issues
- Fathers’ rights
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
- Domestic violence issues
Divorce can be a wrenching experience for everyone involved. As a practicing family law attorney for nearly 20 years I’ve seen the distress that can come from a poorly negotiated divorce; my goal is to make sure your divorce is settled with as little pain as possible. If children are involved, it’s my job to make sure they are taken care of, provided for and no one takes advantage of you as their caregiver.
Pennsylvania requires that either you or your spouse must be a resident in the state for at least six months before filing for divorce. Both spouses must agree to the divorce in writing, or they must have been separated for at least two years.
If you have been separated from your spouse for less than two years and he or she doesn’t agree to a divorce, you can seek one on grounds including:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment that endangers your life or health
- Imprisonment for two or more years
Child custody and visitation
Child custody can be a complex issue. While both parents want what is best for the child, their opinions on what that is may differ.
In Pennsylvania there are two types of custody: physical and legal. As a family law attorney, I can file for custody of your child in Somerset on your behalf if the child has lived in the state for at least the prior six consecutive months.
The best way to determine eligibility is to speak with an experienced Somerset child custody lawyer. I have represented numerous parents and guardians throughout my 15 years in practice and stand ready to guide you through the family court system.
My goal will be to advocate on behalf of your child and give you every protection as their parent. Pennsylvania has strict support guidelines that regulate child support orders for children under the age of 18 who are not emancipated. If a child is 18 years old but still in high school, both parents are usually required to continue paying child support.
The state typically requires both the custodial and the non-custodial parent to provide equal financial contributions to the child’s care. Child support agreements may be modified if there is a change in either parent’s circumstances.
A family law attorney who’s here for you
Whether you are getting divorced, are fighting for custody of your children or have any other family law issue, I am with you every step of the way.
Call the law office of Matthew R. Zatko at 814-483-7075 or contact me online for compassionate representation.