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Along with the emotional challenges of divorce, having to say goodbye to your motorcycle in a Pennsylvania divorce or a Florida divorce is not something you want to deal with. I know you might be worried that you might lose your bike, money and/or retirement in your divorce, as well potentially not see your kids as often as you do now. As a biker and a lawyer who went through a divorce, I understand the anxiety you may feel just thinking about what the Family Court may take away from you.

Facing a Pennsylvania or Florida divorce and concerned over how your marital property will be divided? Will the Family Court judge you unfairly in a child custody in Pennsylvania or Florida because you ride? Worried about if you're going to have to make Florida alimony payments to your ex-spouse? Divorce proceedings are often complicated as there are many issues, which need to be addressed. One way to make this process easier is to hire an experienced divorce attorney in Florida or Pennsylvania who rides and understands you and exactly how you're feeling.

I know firsthand how difficult a divorce can be. (Thankfully I had a prenup and, in my PA divorce, I got to keep my bikes!) I will do everything in my power to make sure that your bike is not taken away from you upon division of property in Pennsylvania and that if you're required to pay Florida alimony or Pennsylvania alimony, that you'll still have enough money to keep making your bike payments.

Property Division in Pennsylvania & Florida

Equitable Distribution in PA and FL

In Florida divorce cases, as well as in Pennsylvania divorce cases, most assets acquired during marriage are considered marital property and may be subject to equitable (most of the time equitable means equal) division between the parties when the divorce is finalized. This means that if you bought your motorcycle while you were married, an Allegheny County or Miami-Dade County Divorce Court may order you to sell your cherished Harley and divide the proceeds between you and your ex-spouse, even if your ex-spouse hated your bike and swore she would never ride on the back of that "thing". Even if the judge decides to allow you to keep your bike, if it is found to be marital property, the judge may order you to pay your ex-spouse half the value of the bike. Though this may not seem fair because the motorcycle is titled in your name and is "yours", if it was bought while you were married, in Pennsylvania as well as in Florida, it is a marital asset subject to property division laws if you get divorced.

Retirement Accounts and Divorce

Many people going through a divorce in Florida or Pennsylvania are also concerned about what will happen to their retirement account or pension in a divorce. The rules about equitable distribution apply to all assets acquired during your marriage regardless of who worked to earn the asset or how it's titled. Many divorces in Pennsylvania and Florida are what I call "pension and house" cases because those are often the two largest assets to be divided. In many Pennsylvania divorces and Florida divorces, women are worried about keeping the house and men are worried about keeping their retirement. If the value of the retirement account and house are roughly equal, we can accomplish a property distribution that accomplishes both spouses' goals. If not, some creative thinking may help-and this is when you need an experienced Western Pennsylvania or South Florida family law attorney to step in.

Divorce and Alimony in PA & FL

Another issue you may be faced with during your Pittsburgh divorce or Miami divorce is alimony. It is likely that your ex-spouse will seek to obtain alimony payments from you if you are the higher earning spouse. A divorce court in Pennsylvania, as well as in Florida, may order you to pay some form of spousal support or alimony. An experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney may be able to minimize the alimony you are ordered to pay and/or the duration of the payments so you still have enough cash in your pocket to make payments for all your necessities, including your motorcycle and related expenses. (After all, isn't a bike trip to Florida for Daytona Beach Bike Week a necessity?)

Contact the PA Divorce Lawyer Who Rides!

If you are going through a divorce in Pennsylvania or Florida, make it easy on yourself and contact me, Lisa Vari, the Biker Chick Lawyer at 1-844-BIKER-CHICK (1-844-245-3724) or send me an e-mail. I ride, have been through a divorce (or two) and "been there, done that" with over 1600 family law clients in Pennsylvania and Florida.

If you are a biker and have a legal problem, contact me, for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION on your Pennsylvania or Florida legal problem. If your problem is in another state, contact me anyways and I'll put you in touch with a lawyer in your home state who can help you.

We can set up an appointment in our Pittsburgh office or our Miami office to discuss your divorce case (and your bike!) If you live in the Western Pennsylvania or South Florida areas, we can also set up alternative meeting areas based on your current location.

If your divorce is not in Pennsylvania or Florida, give me a call anyways. I can still point you in the right direction and refer you to a lawyer in your state who can help you get through this tough period in your life.

Don't ride through the divorce process alone - contact an attorney who rides-and who will fight for your legal rights!

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