Elizabeth C. Early
Montgomery County Family Lawyer & Parenting Coordinator

A family law attorney, Elizabeth C. Early practice focuses on divorce, custody, parenting coordination, equitable distribution, marital agreements, and abuse matters.

High Swartz LLP
Norristown Law Office

Montgomery County, PA

Elizabeth C. Early is a family law attorney and partner at High Swartz. Her practice areas include divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution, pre, and post-nuptial agreements, and abuse matters. When family law litigation is required, she is determined to argue skillfully for her client's rights.

Liz is a certified parenting coordinator in addition to serving as a court-appointed child advocate and guardian for minor children. Liz serves as an arbitrator for civil cases in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and handles private mediation and arbitration cases involving family law issues. Liz has previously served as a court-appointed mediator in Philadelphia and New Jersey civil cases.

Ms. Early sits on the Subcommittee on Support which serves and reports directly to the Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board. The Board makes recommendations to the Court, public policy boards, and agencies that affect family law in Montgomery County.

Some of Liz's noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Litigating numerous child custody cases regarding school choice for children, including successfully securing attendance at a school best suited for a child with special needs
  • Securing long term alimony for a client who was deemed sufficient to sustain their needs through retirement age
  • Handling numerous child custody cases involving substance abuse while securing appropriate safeguards to protect the parties' children
  • Aiding numerous families to navigate the complex legal and emotional issues surrounding the involvement of grandparents in custody cases, especially where allegations of substance abuse are present
  • Assisting the estate of a deceased spouse in resolving the pending divorce matter

As a Chester County family lawyer, Liz Early has been recognized on the "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Stars" and "Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law" lists and a "Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, Age 45 and Under" for the Greater Philadelphia area. Liz has also been recognized as a "Top Attorney" by both Montco Happening Magazine and Bucks Happening Magazine and a "Top Lawyer" by Main Line Today Magazine.

Ms. Early is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association, where she serves on the leadership board for the Family Law Section. In 2019, President Judge of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas appointed Liz to the Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board Subcommittee on Support. Then in 2021, Liz became a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Liz also serves as a trustee for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.

Ms. Early received a B.S. in Biobehavioral Health with a Minor in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. After graduating from Temple, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Todd, III, Presiding Judge Chancery Division in the New Jersey Superior Court. She practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Ms. Early practices family law in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.


Get to Know Montgomery County Family Lawyer & Parenting Coordinator Elizabeth C. Early

Affiliations & Honors

  • Family Justice Advisory Board of Montgomery County, Member, Sub-Committee - 2019-present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
    Family Law Section, Member
    Council Member
    New Member Mentor
    Membership Committee, Member
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Member
    Young Lawyers Division, Member
    Family Law Section, Member
    Family Law Section Motions Court Committee, Past Chair
    Toby L. Dickman Seminar Committee, Past Co-Chair
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, Past Member
  • Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court for Family Law, Past Member

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America© -  Family Law - 2022
  • Top Family Law Attorney, Main Line Today, 2019-present
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2017 – present
  • MontCo Happening Magazine, Top Attorney, 2017 – present
  • Bucks Happening Magazine, Top Attorney, 2017 – present
  • Recipient of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court’s Frederick Cohen, Esquire Award of Excellence

Activities

  • Montgomery County Liberty & Law Civics Program, Volunteer 5th Grade Educator
  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • YMCA, Parent Advisory Board
  • Liz has been a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants and a variety of other education and community based organizations.

Practice Areas

Background

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Biobehavioral Health

Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable William C. Todd, III, New Jersey Superior Court, 2011-2013

Elizabeth C. Early's Legal Insights

Social Media and Divorce – 5 Tips to Follow Right Now

Understand that anything you type, post, or reply can and will be used against you in a court of law. It seems like we can't turn on the news today without hearing about yet another social media or texting disaster. We watched the downward spiral of Armie Hammer’s career due to his social media posts […]

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2020 Toby L. Dickman Seminar Offering 3 Substantive CLE Credits

Parenting in a Pandemic Date: December 16, 2020 | Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Virtual The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the practice of family law. This year's Dickman Seminar will explore this impact in a Q&A format featuring Montgomery County judges, masters, practitioners, and court representatives. The seminar will […]

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Client Testimonials

Joseph H.

"High Swartz is a great firm. Elizabeth Early in particular is spectacular. She is a sharp as a tack and can confidently navigate all aspects of PA's domestic relations laws. She aggressively defends my interests (and those of my family), but she is also smart enough to realize when a fight is not worth fighting and how to compromise to keep things civil and out of the court room. Liz has been an invaluable resource to me during what has proved to be one of the more challenging aspects of my life. It's not just Liz, but the entire firm. I've had other attorneys work with me, while filling in for Liz, they were great. They listen to me, fully explain my options, and help me formulate the best action plan. I can't express how great Liz and the whole crew at High Swartz have been. I'd highly recommend them."

Susan F.

"I cannot say enough good things about Liz and all of the staff at High Swartz. They are very professional, personable and supportive as they made some of the most difficult times of my life seem not so hard. Thank you all!"

Rebekah D.

"No one likes getting divorced, but Elizabeth made it way easier than I ever imagined it could be. She was caring and attentive to my concerns and completely handled all the legal stuff so I could focus on more important things. I have referred her to many people who have found themselves going through a divorce and will continue to do so!"

"THANK YOU ELIZABETH EARLY!!! You made short work of my divorce. You pretty much held my hand through this process. I am an Electrician not a Lawyer but you made it simple for me to understand, and let me know every step of the way what was happening. You always communicated with me whether by phone, text, or email. i always knew where i stood through this process THANK YOU ELIZABETH EARLY."

Michael F.

"I reached out to High Swartz for a legal custody issue as I was browsing for counsel and came across this firm online. Liz Early is top notch. High Swartz as a firm is top notch. All staff during our covid trial was very professional, helpful and executed the task needed. The trial (may have been first of 3 custody zoom trials in county history???) was completed at the office with all the needed material, technology and setup her and I needed to get awarded custody to where we saw it fit. A victory for our family here, the High Swartz team and Liz Early. Could not have done it without her. We are forever grateful and highly recommend the firm."