FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Navigating legal matters for your family can take time, patience, and courage. If you live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and need a mediator through a divorce, an advocate when deciding on a child custody agreement, or a protector from an abusive relative, let me be the family law attorney that can help you find a solution to your problem.
AREAS OF FAMILY LAW
Family law matters that I have extensive experience with include divorce & annulments, child support & custody, alimony, legal name changes, protection from abuse, and juvenile delinquency & dependency.
Divorce & Annulments
Approaching divorce in an amicable way can have many benefits. It can save you and your spouse time, money, and stress, and may provide more opportunities to spend time with your children. Whether your divorce is fault-based (cases involving adultery, abuse, abandonment, etc.) or no-fault based (a mutual agreement), I will provide you with sound legal guidance and information. Annulments involve terminating a marriage that qualifies as “void” or “voidable.”
Child Support & Spousal Support
Not everyone in Pittsburgh makes the same amount of money as their spouse. In the event of a divorce, support from one spouse to another is often necessary. Child support consists of one parent paying another parent monthly sums so they can adequately take care of the child.
Spousal support occurs when an individual cannot support themselves after relying on the income of their spouse prior to divorce. This often occurs when one spouse works while the other stays at home to take care of any children. It can often be fairly difficult for a stay-at-home parent to enter the workforce, so monthly payments will help offset the financial challenges that one spouse may face now that they are providing for themselves.
After a married couple with a child gets divorced, there needs to be a written agreement that stipulates who that child will live with and for how long. The two categories of a child custody agreement are sole custody and joint custody. Sole custody means that only one parent will have complete responsibility for the child, while joint custody means those responsibilities will be shared between both parents.
Legal Name Change
After a divorce, the woman may wish to change her name legally back to her maiden name. As an experienced divorce and family law attorney, I can help you obtain court approval by assisting you with filling out all of the necessary legal documents. If you are getting married, the process is virtually the same. Nearly 80% of brides decide to change their last name to match their new spouses. I can help you go from Ms. to Mrs. quickly and efficiently.
Protection From Abuse
If you are being abused by a spouse or someone in your home, your first step should be to file for protection from abuse. Don’t think that an abusive partner can do anything to you if you go to the authorities. I can guide you to a secure environment and help shield you from domestic violence.
Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency
A “delinquent act” is known as a criminal offense performed by an individual under the age of 18. Because it is unique to minors, the punishments, sentences, and court proceedings will all be unique as well. Juvenile dependency could be necessary if it is proven that the child has been removed from their house because of the environment.
KNOWLEDGEABLE LEGAL COUNSEL ON YOUR SIDE
My practice in family law opened in 2001, and since then I have helped families and couples find a compromise for a variety of different legal issues they are facing. I serve the surrounding areas including the communities of Indiana Township, Aspinwall, Shaler Township, Penn Hills, and everywhere in between. Call today to set up a free phone consultation, or fill out the form below to schedule a meeting at my office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.