Looking for a Family Lawyer Near You?
When you're looking for a family lawyer near you, give our firm a call. We have law offices conveniently located in Doylestown and Norristown, PA.
Our family lawyers know that every case is different. We're also aware that the people involved in these cases may feel vulnerable and overwhelmed. So, for example, each family law attorney in our Bucks County and Montgomery County law offices has focused their practice on family law and domestic relations. As a result, they know what you're going through.
They each, for their reasons, felt the need to pay attention to the more personal and human side of the law. In addition, each has a track record for resolving legal issues from domestic violence and legal separation to child support and divorce child custody.
A Women-Led Family Law Practice
We are the only Pennsylvania family law firm with:
- 2 Family Lawyers listed on the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers® List
- 2 (of only 5) Family Lawyers listed on the Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyers® List
- 4 Family Attorneys recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2022 Edition
- 2 (of only 7) Family Lawyers listed on the Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List
- 4 Family Lawyers listed on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars List
- 5 Family Attorneys named Main Line Today Top Lawyers
Our Family Lawyers Can Support You Many Ways
As the name suggests, family law deals with family-related issues and domestic relations. As such, the practice covers a great deal of legal ground:
- Family Law Agreements
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Domestic Violence / Protections from Abuse
- Spousal Support & Alimony / APL
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Gestational Surrogacy
- Child Abuse
- Restraining Orders
Our family law attorneys represent you in family court proceedings or related negotiations. Plus, they can help draft legal documents on your behalf like court petitions, property agreements, or restraining orders.
Our Family Lawyers Take a Team Approach to Your Case
Often, a client will come to our law firm based on a recommendation given to one of our family law attorneys. We'll certainly make sure that attorney oversees your case and all significant development. However, to provide effective service, we've found it's often necessary to involve more than one legal professional.
Including more than one professional on a case gives you access to other attorneys or paralegals in the event your primary attorney is not available. In addition to being more efficient, this approach saves money. For example, the hourly rates of paralegals and associates may be lower than that of the primary attorney.
Family Issues Involving Litigation, Arbitration, or Settlement
Marital litigation, for example, can be extensive. Frequently, cases involve different court proceedings. So, it's not uncommon for several proceedings to be taking place at the same time. For example, you may be involved in a support proceeding and custody litigation simultaneously with different preliminary conference officers, masters, and conciliators.
Litigation can be costly, time-consuming, and emotionally traumatic for both parties. Therefore, whenever possible, you should seek to avoid it. A settlement is often better than a litigation, especially considering the expense of litigation and its unpredictability.
Our family lawyers know when to settle and when to litigate. At times, a mediator supports some settlement negotiations. So, if you and our spouse choose mediation, it's essential to consult with your family attorney before sessions so you are prepared.
All mediation proposals should include a consultation with your lawyers. As a result, our candid judgment as to the propriety of a proposed settlement is always available to you. In a case that cannot settle, you may choose to select a private arbitrator.
Common Issues Requiring a Family Lawyer
The most typical legal issues where a family law firm is engaged include:
Divorce: In Pennsylvania, you must reside here for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. With that requirement met, you can file within the county where you or your spouse resides. Here are some tips we've complied from our PA Divorce lawyers.
Child Custody: Child custody can involve third-party custody, relocation, adoption, gestational surrogacy, etc. So, a family lawyer is important in helping you wade through the complexities. Here are some tips for helping your case with child custody in PA.
Child Support: The parent receiving child support depends on each party's income and the custody schedule of their children. For instance, support is always open for changes based on circumstances relating to incomes and custody schedules. Here are some commonly asked questions involving child support in Pennsylvania.
Agreements: Family attorneys can guide and support you on various family law agreements involving cohabitation, premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, and more.
Family law cases often intersect with other legal services like estate planning, litigation, and even real estate law. And that's where it pays to have a full-service legal firm like High Swartz. Our law firm can help you with any number of legal services.
It's sometimes necessary to engage a private investigator. As a result, our law office uses investigators in some cases. For example, an investigator can uncover financial information, determine marital misconduct, or investigate custody issues. But, not every case requires a private investigation.
Investigators can be costly and effective results can't always be guaranteed. So before conducting any investigation, we would be happy to sit down with you and let you know if it's worthwhile. But, first, you need to confirm what estimated costs would be with the investigator.
Talk to a Family Law Attorney Near You for Help
If you're facing an issue involving divorce, child custody, child support, marital agreements, or any other legal matter and need a family lawyer near you to help, please give us a call. We support clients in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Our law firm can also support you with legal services extending beyond family law.