Looking for a Family Law Attorney Near You?
When you’re looking for a family law attorney near you, make sure you give our law firm a call. We have 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. Each of the family law attorneys in our Bucks County and Montgomery County law offices has focused their practice on family law and domestic relations. So they know what you’re going through.
They each, for their own reasons, felt the need to pay attention to the more personal and human side of the law. 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
- 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
Family Law Cases
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. They also can help draft legal documents on your behalf like court petitions, property agreements, or restraining orders.
We Take a Team Approach to Family Law Cases
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 developments. 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. 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. It’s not uncommon for several proceedings to be taking place at the same time. You may be involved in a support proceeding and in custody litigation at the same time with different preliminary conference officers, masters, and conciliators.
Litigation can be costly, time-consuming and emotionally traumatic for both parties. Whenever possible, it should be avoided. 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. Some settlement negotiations are supported by the use of a mediator. If you and our spouse choose mediation, it’s important to consult with your family attorney before sessions so you are prepared.
All mediation proposals should include a consultation with your lawyers. 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, and even more. 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. Child support is always open for changes based on circumstances relating to incomes and custody schedules. Here are some commonly asked question 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. 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. Our law office makes use of investigators in some cases. An investigator can be used to uncover financial information, to determine marital misconduct, or to investigate custody issues. Not every case requires a private investigation.
Investigators can be costly and effective results can’t always be guaranteed. Before any investigation is conducted, we would be happy to sit down with you and let you know if it should even be conducted. You need to confirm with the investigator what estimated costs would be.
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.