What Is An Exceptions Hearing?

In Pennsylvania, you will have an evidentiary hearing with a "master" if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement over divorce issues such as:

  • Valuation and division of marital property
  • Child custody and support
  • Alimony (spousal support)

Following this hearing with a divorce master, 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, Pennsylvania, we serve Berks, Lancaster, York, Schuylkill and Montgomery counties and the Lehigh Valley.

Understanding The Exceptions Hearings Process

An exceptions hearing is your opportunity to present your divorce 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 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 or 866-232-1913, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.