A Family Law Attorney

Who Puts Family First

Focusing On Your Family’s Best Interests During Divorce

At The Law Offices of Joseph A. Guillama, we understand that divorce is tough. Even if both you and your spouse are committed to resolving your differences amicably, there is much work and trauma involved in separating two lives. If the split is contentious or if there are children involved, the difficulty can increase dramatically.

In a field in which many lawyers consider any court victory a “win,” our law firm is different. Whenever possible, we focus on the whole family and its needs. Our founding attorney, Joseph A. Guillama, is a highly experienced and locally respected attorney and child advocate. Our Reading firm has helped countless residents in Berks County and the surrounding area find effective solutions that allow them transition to their next stage in life.

Whether you have few assets and no children, or you have complicated financial and child-related issues to resolve, our law firm can help you. Contact us for a free consultation, and we will discuss your circumstances and the outcomes you hope to achieve from obtaining a divorce.

Customizing An Approach According To Your Circumstances

When possible, we help our clients achieve peaceful divorces through alternatives to litigation, including negotiation and mediation. When necessary, however, we fight for our clients by litigating their contested divorces.

Different approaches are justified given your situation and goals. Meet with Attorney Joseph A. Guillama, and he can begin to paint a picture of how your life could look years into the future.

Understanding “No-Fault” And “Fault” Divorce

Most Pennsylvania divorces are “no-fault” divorces in which both spouses agree they have irreconcilable differences that require them to dissolve their marriage. In these divorces, both parties can obtain a divorce once they have divided their assets and debts, and resolved any outstanding child custody, child support and spousal support issues.

Most divorces end in a settlement — reached either through direct negotiations between the spouses’ attorneys or after mediation intended to identify common ground. Assets and debts acquired through the marriage are divided equitably between the parties.

Although much less common today, a “fault-based” divorce can still occur in Pennsylvania. In these cases, one party alleges the other caused the marriage to fail through adultery, abandonment, physical abuse or another fault-based reason. While fault-based divorces, in theory, do not affect the division of marital assets and debts, a fault-based divorce can impact the extent and duration that alimony is paid and/or received. Attorney Joseph A. Guillama can explain to you whether the pursuit of a fault-based divorce is appropriate in your circumstances.

Equipped To Facilitate Complex Or Simple Divorces

Joseph A. Guillama is a seasoned attorney and negotiator who can first help you determine your objectives and then aggressively pursue them. Whether your circumstances are simple or complex, whether you want an uncontested divorce or need to pursue a contested divorce, he is here to help you reach your goals. In nearly 20 years of legal practice, he has guided thousands of clients through the Pennsylvania divorce process.

To discuss your options with an experienced Berks County divorce lawyer, contact us online or call 610-295-5335. We offer a free and confidential consultation to each prospective client. Se habla español!