Family Law

Family law is the legal framework for resolving many of life’s transitions ranging from pre-marriage, post-marriage, divorce, parenting and child custody to end of life matters such as health directives, powers of attorneys, guardianships and wills.

When you are faced with family life transitions, the advice and assistance of a lawyer often proves crucial to your understanding of the law so that you can make decisions that are informed, satisfying and lasting.

A Collaborative Lawyer is not only knowledgeable in a particular area of family law but is also trained in and committed to the practice of Collaborative Law. An alternative to the traditional court process, Collaborative Law is transparent and requires that the lawyer and other members of the Collaborative Team be disqualified from continuing to represent the parties if any aspect of the case goes to court.   Other team members include Financial Specialists, Child Specialists and Communication Coaches. If you are looking for a cooperative, confidential environment in which to create fair and lasting solutions without the financial and emotional cost of the unpredictable outcomes of litigation, contact a member of Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, West Chester and more. We can help!

Check out the Split trailer that talks about divorce through a child’s eyes …

My ex- and I haven’t talked together about our children since the court’s custody decision last year. We just text. It’s too hard. Things aren’t working with this schedule. I need to go back to court. I don’t see how Collaborative Practice would work for us.

I can understand how this process doesn’t make sense for you. Consider this . . . Do you wish you and the other parent would talk more?

What kind of income is used to determine child support?

The Support Guidelines have a detailed explanation of what might constitute a parent's income for child support purposes.

Isn’t property division in a divorce always 50/50?

No. If you were to go to court for the property division, the court will apportion the assets and debts based on the thirteen factors in the law.