Exceptions Hearings

In Pennsylvania, if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement over divorce issues such as valuation and division of marital property, child custody and support, or alimony, you will have an evidentiary hearing with a master. Following this hearing, the master will write a report to the judge with his or her recommended orders. If you disagree with the master's recommendations, you have 20 days to file for an exceptions hearing.

At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about exceptions hearings. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, we represent clients at exceptions hearings in Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania.

What Is An Exceptions Hearing?

An exceptions hearing is your opportunity to present your case to a judge. If neither party files an exception within 20 days, the judge will review and sign the master's recommendations, and they will go into effect. The master's recommended orders will be in effect until your exceptions hearing.

It is extremely important to have an experienced attorney represent you at your exceptions hearing, as you will have to live with the outcome of your case for a long time. You need to explain why you disagree with the divorce master's recommendations and present a convincing reason for changing them.

You will not be permitted to present new evidence at your exceptions hearing. Rather, your lawyer will need to base his or her arguments on the evidence presented at your master's hearing.

Following your hearing, the judge can uphold the orders or change them. If you the judge made a mistake in your case, you can file an appeal.

Call Our Pennsylvania Exceptions Hearings Lawyers

For more information about exceptions hearings, call 610-816-0935 (Berks County), 717-345-3208 (Lancaster County), 570-362-6837 (Schuylkill County) or 866-232-1913, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.