Delaware County, Pennsylvania Family Lawyers

Samantha Evian
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Strong and compassionate family law attorney. Call today!

I’m an experienced family lawyer and will fight for your rights and help you through every stage of your case. My practice includes simple and complex divorce cases, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Shawn M Brothwell
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Compassionate and experienced family law representation. Free consultation!

I’m an experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney and I represent clients in all types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Mr. Ryan L Hyde
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CONFIDENT, EXPERIENCED AND FIGHTING FOR YOU

Ryan Hyde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. In addition to handling hundreds of DUI cases through all stages of trial Ryan served as a DUI ARD Coordinator and as one of lead... Read More »
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Lee Anthony Ciccarelli
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder of Ciccarelli Law Offices: a Pennsylvania Litigation Law Firm focusing in Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Family Law matters. Ciccarelli Law firm takes on tough cases and fights for... Read More »
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Linda Walters
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Exceptional, Dedicated Family Law Attorney and Mediator! Call Now for Help!

I am an experienced and skilled Pennsylvania family law attorney. I offer clients personal attention, customer service and compassionate legal assistance. Visit my website for client reviews and call for a consultation! Read More »
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Phyllis T. Bookspan Esq.
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(610) 565-6200 20 W 3rd St
#300
Media, PA 19063
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University Law Center
Phyllis Bookspan is a highly respected and experienced attorney with over 35 years experience. She founded Bookspan Family Law, LLC (BFL) with the goal to do family law differently--to present a holistic option for clients undergoing perhaps the second worst trauma in their lives and to help them get through it with the the best result, the least emotional angst. We believe in tamping down the fires rather than fueling them, but that does not mean that we don't fight hard for you in every aspect of your case-...
Kathryn Hilbush
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(610) 892-7511 200 North Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Michael Maroto
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(610) 579-3986 200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Widener University Delaware School of Law and Widener University Delaware School of Law
Like many of the Firm’s attorneys, Mr. Maroto brings a multi-faceted approach to his cases and draws upon a solid understanding of legal, financial and tax issues germane in today’s complex litigation matters. Throughout his entire career, he has specialized in business and financial issues and how those issues relate to a client’s pending legal action. Because of his unique back-ground, Mr. Maroto is involved in many of the Firm’s complex litigation and business matters.

Mr. Maroto primarily concentrates his attention on the Firm’s growing business and estate law areas of practice and caters to those clients whose cases present problems...
Lori A. Frio-Walker
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(215) 774-1149 150 North Radnor Chester Road
"not mailing address"
Radnor, PA 19087
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Villanova University
Lori A. Frio-Walker, Esquire, devotes her practice primarily to all aspects of family and matrimonial law matters. Lori gained family law litigation experience in divorce, custody and support matters at Petrelli Law, P.C. Prior to working at Petrelli Law, P.C., Lori worked in the area of collaborative and amicable divorce. Lori received her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law and was the Editor-in-Chief of its Women’s Law Forum and Associate Editor of its Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Lori began her professional career as an associate attorney at a large regional firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania....
Ann Funge
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(610) 977-0888 Radnor Financial Center, Suite F-200
150 Radnor-Chester Road
Radnor, PA 19087
Family, Appeals and Divorce
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Jordan Kelleher Reilly
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(610) 400-1968 210 West Front Street
First Floor
Media, PA 19063
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
In my 19 years of practice I've learned what is most important; to fight for my clients with passion, to listen to them with compassion, and to maintain the highest standards of ethical responsibility.
Matthew J. Bilker
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(610) 565-3700 300 West State Street Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Family, Business, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Matthew is an associate in the litigation department of Eckell Sparks in Media, PA. Matthew joined Eckell Sparks in September of 2013 after finishing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable John P. Capuzzi, Sr., in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. In 2015, he was appointed as the Editor of the Delaware County Legal Journal.



Matthew currently serves as an Assistant County Solicitor in Delaware County’s Office of the Solicitor. Previously, he acted as Solicitor for the Marple Township Zoning Hearing Board.

Matthew is a member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars. He has conducted CLEs...
Mr Peter Edward Bort
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(484) 440-2002 20 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Georgetown University Law Center
Bort Law exclusively utilizes a collaborative approach to divorce, child custody, support arrangements, prenuptial agreements, and many other family law matters. The goal of collaborative law is to solve problems together, restructure effective relationships for the future, and prevent unnecessary court battles. During face-to-face meetings, the parties and their collaborative team create a dialogue to produce an honest exchange of information and an expression of needs and expectations. Issues are openly discussed, and problem solving is direct and solution-oriented. The parties remain in control of the decisions that are made, rather than leaving the outcome up to a judge.

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Julia Alexa Rogers
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(610) 891-1006 1489 Old Baltimore Pike
Springfield , PA 19064
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Drexel University School of Law
Julia Alexa Rogers (formerly Julia Alexa Theobald) is a skilled and experienced litigation attorney. She represents clients in Family Law as well as Criminal Law matters at Ciccarelli Law Offices. She graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.A. in political science and public relations. Julia received her J.D. from Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Julia's career began as a criminal defense attorney with the Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. Before joining Ciccarelli Law Firm, Julia represented clients in every facet of the criminal system throughout the tri-state area in both governmental and private practice...
Scott Bonebrake
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney
27 E. Second St.
Media, PA 19063
Family, Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
I was born and raised in Media and still live in Media today. Since being admitted to both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars in 1995, I have used my experience, knowledge and tenacity to fight hard for my clients. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1989 and a Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law in 1995, where I attended the evening division while working full time, first as a claims adjuster for State Farm and then as a law clerk. After law school graduation, I...
Patrick J Cooper
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Compassionate Family Law attorney with experience across Philadelphia.

Our firm has years of legal experience handling a variety of Family Law cases across the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and more. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Read More »
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Julia Alexa Rogers
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Compassionate and experienced family law representation. Call today!

I’m an experienced Philadelphia family law attorney and I represent clients in all types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Michael T. Malarick
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(610) 816-6683 2211 Chichester Avenue
Suite 201-B
Boothwyn, PA 19061
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Michael T. Malarick, Esquire, is a licensed attorney in PA and NJ with over 25 years of experience. The law office of Michael T. Malarick, is a Delaware County law firm located in Boothwyn, PA. Michael Malarick handles civil law cases including: car accidents, landlord tenant matters, personal injury, slip and fall, subrogation, workers compensation, social security disability, and wills & estates. As a bankruptcy attorney, Michael Malarick handles Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. Under criminal law, Michael T. Malarick handles DUI & DWI cases, record expungements, and driver license suspensions. Under family law, the law office...
Enrique Latoison
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(610) 999-1439 212 West Front Street
Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Family, Criminal, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Temple University
Managing Partner and founder of Latoison Law, Enrique Latoison, Esq. represents a diverse portfolio of clientele, including individuals, families, businesses and working professionals, in all of their legal needs. Mr. Latoison earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he received awards in class excellence and accolades in distinguished class performance and outstanding trial advocacy. He was a member of Temple University’s environmental moot court team and traveling trial team, competing in trial advocacy tournaments nationwide. In 2004, Mr. Latoison received the Wapner, Newman & Wigrizer, P.C. Award for Outstanding Trial...
Eric Trajtenberg
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(610) 696-8344 Radnor Financial Center
150 N Radnor Chester Rd F200
Radnor, PA 19087
Family
Villanova University School of Law
Ronald David Ashby
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(610) 565-2200 210 W Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA 19063
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Ashly McGarity
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(484) 430-4810 8515 West Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Family, Criminal, DUI and Immigration
Widener University
Maureen Callahan Repetto
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(610) 565-3008 212 W Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Widener University
Kelsey Catania
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(610) 278-1143 8 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Ave Maria School of Law
Christopher K Barber
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(610) 853-9090 2 Brookline Boulevard
Suite 2
Havertown, PA 19083
Family, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Nusrat J. Rashid
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
419 Avenue of the States
Suite 406
Chester, PA 19013
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Scott Matison
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(267) 332-1175 1 West Third Street
Suite 204
Media, PA 19063
Family and Divorce
Since 2009, Scott Matison has focused solely on matters of family law including, divorce, custody, support, abuse, adoptions and name changes. He handles property settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, alimony matters and equitable distribution.

Mr. Matison practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has experience handling cases with a variety of financial circumstances. He previously practiced family law for nationally recognized law firms in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey. With offices in both Philadelphia and Media, Mr. Matison is now using that experience to continue helping his clients in the most cost-effective manner.
Mr. Matison served as the co-chair of the...
Karen Ulmer Pendergast
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Pennsylvania Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

Karen Ulmer Pendergast is a family lawyer serving the needs of clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has the experience to confront all complex legal issues in the area of divorce, custody and support having... Read More »
Phyllis T. Bookspan Esq.
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience

Phyllis Bookspan is a highly respected and experienced attorney with over 35 years experience. She founded Bookspan Family Law, LLC (BFL) with the goal to do family law differently--to present a holistic option for... Read More »
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Daniel A. Pallen
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 566-1006 102 E. State Street
Media, PA 19063
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Daniel A. Pallen, Esq., graduated from Boston College in 2002. Prior to attending law school at the Dickinson School of Law, he earned a Masters Degree from American University in Washington, DC. He earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in the same year. Prior to joining The Benari Law Firm, Mr. Pallen formerly practiced civil litigation an associate with a insurance defense litigation firm in Blue Bell, PA. Prior thereto, Mr. Pallen had practiced law as a Public Defender in the...
Joseph McIntosh
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(610) 566-1700 23 W 2nd St
Media, PA 19063
Family and Divorce
Suzanne Aimee de Seife
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(610) 420-9431 3317 Rodney Drive
PA 19073
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Probate
Randi Vladimer
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 975-9898 320 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Theresa Ann Hartzell
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Attorney
(484) 452-6619 410 W.Township Line Road, Suite 3
Havertown, PA 19083
Family
Farzana Qaizar Hassonjee
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Delaware County, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 361-8079 125 Commons Court
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Immigration
Arlene Glenn Simolike
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(215) 335-9986 9223
Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Temple University
Norman Perlberger
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Montgomery County, PA Family Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(610) 664-2440 Two Bala Plaza
Suite 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Lauren Kane
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(215) 238-9529 3900 Ford Rd
Suite 7L
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lauren H. Kane
-Admitted to bar, 1985
-Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania: U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Supreme Court

Education
-Yale University (B.A. 1981)
-Villanova University (J.D. 1984)

Affiliations
-Member of MENSA, Philadelphia Bar Association
-Member Family Law Section, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
-American Bar Associations
-Member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida Bars.
Tara Esther Gutterman
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Attorney
(215) 791-8441 4701 Pine Street, #J7
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Family
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C.J. Lyford
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Pennsylvania Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION (Clients in U.S. and Worldwide) Consultation and legal services to parents and agencies re preparation of Orphan Petitions and Hague Convention Petitions; Home Study and related pre and post... Read More »
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Bernard Faigenbaum
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Montgomery County, PA Family Law Attorney
(610) 642-1200 7 E Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
Family
Joel Bernbaum
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Montgomery County, PA Family Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(610) 667-7902 33 Rock Hill Road
Suite 250
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Family
William C. Kirby
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(267) 225-6233 1617 John F Kennedy Boulevard
#1190
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Family and Divorce
Duke University School of Law
Within his family law practice, William Kirby values his client relationships above all else. That’s why he does everything in his power to find optimal solutions for their legal matters involving divorce, separation, custody, support, and more. Clients quickly see that William sincerely cares about them and that they can be confident in his advice.

As a primary lawyer at Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC, William heads the firm’s Moorestown, NJ location. He serves a wide range of clients including celebrities facing high-asset divorces. Bill is a passionate, appreciative, and motivated person who is dedicated to empowering individuals and families with the...
Thomas Petrelli Jr
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(215) 523-6900 1845 Walnut Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Family and Divorce
Temple University Beasley School of Law, Vermont Law School and Vermont Law School
Petrelli Law is one of the top divorce and family law firms in the state of Pennsylvania. From complex litigation to negotiated agreements, we work tirelessly to get the best results for our clients. While we are known for representing high net worth individuals and their spouses, we also represent everyday people from all walks of life. We are committed to providing the same high-quality service to each of our valued clients. Petrelli Law is a Philadelphia-based family law firm that knows the only way to bring about fair and just solutions for our clients is by building trust....
John Pasquale Attiani
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(215) 531-7780 1845 Walnut Street
Suite 1920
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Family and Divorce
Temple University
John P. Attiani has over 20 years of experience representing individual and business clients. His areas of practice include family law (divorce, custody, alimony and spousal support, child support, equitable distribution and protection from abuse), business formation, contract disputes, bankruptcy and wills.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Mr. Attiani is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. He is active in the Family Law Section of both the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He is a trained mediator and a Collaborative Family Law Affiliate. He also serves as an arbitration panelist and custody mediator for the Montgomery County Court...
Brad Jonathan Sadek
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(610) 432-3111 1489 Baltimore Pike
#218
Springfield, PA 19064
Free ConsultationDelaware County, PA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
Family, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
Rutgers University - Camden
Proudly helping residents of the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region for over 14 years!

Sadek & Cooper Law Offices, LLC provides high quality legal services, including Consumer Bankruptcy Law, Business Bankruptcy Law, Divorce and Family Law, among other legal fields to clients throughout Philadelphia, PA and surrounding areas, including, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware Counties and Southern New Jersey.

Our primary law office is conveniently located near public transportation and attractions in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Our lawyers are readily available for our clients and understand that you may not be in the most ideal situation. Our office offers...
Joni Berner
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(215) 790-8800 1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Villanova University School of Law
I became a lawyer because I like helping people resolve their differences. Although I practiced family law with a large Center City firm early in my career, I went out on my own in 1988 and never looked back. I founded our firm on the principle of providing superior service at reasonable rates for our clients while providing a flexible and supportive work environment for our employees. For twenty years and counting, we are proud to have maintained this model. While handling many custody, divorce, protection from abuse and support trials throughout my career, my practice now focuses on...
Patrick J Cooper
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(215) 814-0395 1489 Baltimore Pike
Suite 218
Springfield, PA, 19064
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Divorce
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Patrick J. Cooper, Esquire is a Partner in the Law firm of Sadek and Cooper. Patrick started with the firm in 2009 as an associate attorney and through his hard work and dedication the firm’s family law practice has flourished with hundreds of satisfied clients. Patrick became a named Partner of Sadek and Cooper in 2013. Patrick specializes in Divorce, Custody and Child Support and is also well-versed in the areas of Bankruptcy Law and Mortgage Foreclosure Defense.

Patrick is a Graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Patrick is active within the...
Kathryn L. Sullivan
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Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(215) 523-6900 1845 Walnut Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Family and Divorce
Hofstra University
Kathryn L. Sullivan never backs down, even with the most difficult of cases. President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote — Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far — resonates with her in practice. She works as hard as possible to resolve her client’s cases efficiently and cost-effectively, bringing a willingness to work with the other party’s attorney amicably and collaboratively. However, if litigation is unavoidable, Kathryn loves nothing more than to be in the courtroom. She works relentlessly and without intimidation to protect her client’s best interests. Always the first attorney to arrive at the courthouse, Kathryn...
Matthew Fox
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(215) 523-6900 1845 Walnut Street
19th Floor
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
Philadelphia County, PA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
Family and Divorce
Widener University
Matthew F. Fox joined Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC in 2018. He brings with him 20 years of legal experience representing clients in all areas of family law. He concentrates his practice in divorce and spousal support, equitable distribution of assets, custody and child support.

Prior to joining the family lawyers at Petrelli Law, Matthew worked at his own private practice at The Law Office of Matthew F. Fox, P.C. Before forming his own practice, Mr. Fox was a partner at a prominent Pennsylvania law firm.

Matthew has been recognized by his peers for his outstanding legal work on several occasions....
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.