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Pottstown, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 323-4100 240 King St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Real Estate
Robesonia, PA Family Law Lawyer
(888) 222-5507 210 West Penn Avenue
Robesonia, PA 19551
Family
Pottstown, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 323-5700 1296 High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Ephrata, PA Family Law Lawyer
(717) 721-7007 2 N State St
Ephrata, PA 17522
Family, Business and Divorce
Pottstown, PA Family Law Lawyer
(610) 323-1400 1129 High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Ephrata, PA Family Law Attorney
107 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
Family, Bankruptcy, Civil Rights and Divorce
Pottstown, PA Family Law Attorney
(610) 323-5700 1296 High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Pottstown, PA Family Law Attorney
(610) 323-5300 152 E High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Dawn Padanyi
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Doylestown, PA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(267) 217-3296 196 W. Ashland Street, Suite 307
Doylestown, PA 18901
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Syracuse University
Dawn Padanyi is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Syracuse University College of Law where she was the Co-Director of the Grant Opportunity Program and a member of the Community Development Law Clinic While at Syracuse, Ms. Padanyi was chosen to receive two grants to perform legal work at the local and state level. Ms. Padanyi is a Pennsylvania and Massachusetts licensed attorney. She is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also proud to be selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Bucks...
Brad Jonathan Sadek
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(610) 432-3111 1489 Baltimore Pike
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Springfield, PA 19064
Free ConsultationSpringfield, 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...
Karen Ulmer Pendergast
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King of Prussia, PA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
630 Freedom Business Center
3rd Floor
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Family, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate
Widener University Delaware School of Law
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 served in this field since 1995. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Pendergast has significant training in mediation and has settled many cases out of court and served as a mediator in custody disputes.

Karen Ulmer Pendergast is the founding member of Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., a law firm that provides services in the areas of family law, estates and probate,...
Lee Anthony Ciccarelli
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(610) 981-1006 Reading , PA 19601
Free ConsultationReading , PA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The George Washington University Law School
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 clients when they need it the most. ...
William C. Kirby
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Philadelphia, 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...
Jenny Saltzman
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Norristown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(610) 924-2870 516 DeKalb Street
Suite C
Norristown, PA 19401
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
City University of New York - Queens College
I am an experienced litigator who has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. I am able to effectively represent clients in all aspects of litigation and in particular, navigate the court system and appear before judges. Additionally, I have strong research and writing skills which also enables me to effectively advocate for clients. I am admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
Melinda Previtera
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(610) 924-2870 516 DeKalb Street, Suite C
Norristown, PA 19401
Norristown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
Family and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Your family is unique. When you need a family law attorney, you want someone who appreciates the differences that make your family special. You want a family lawyer who will help your family through all life’s changes and guide you towards the best possible outcome. Melinda represents families from a variety of backgrounds. Her family law experience includes all aspects of divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic violence law.

Ms. Previtera is a member of the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Jonathon Luff
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Paoli, PA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(610) 643-4644 73 Chestnut Road
Paoli, PA 19301
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Drexel University School of Law
Jonathon Luff Jr. was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High school with honors. He attended California University of Pennsylvania on a full academic scholarship, and graduated with a degree in Sport Management as well as graduating Cum Laude.

In 2009 Jonathon began to pursue his legal career and attended Thomas Kline School of Law, better known as Drexel University. While there he participated in trial team competitions and Jonathon was instrumental in helping his team reach the finals in the national competition. Jonathon was awarded the best trial attorney award from Drexel upon his graduation in...
Wendy Ashby
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Quakertown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
314 West Broad St.
Suite 118
Quakertown, PA 18951
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Wendy J. Ashby, Esquire prides herself on the responsiveness she provides to each and every client. Her philosophy of service is to pursue the most efficient resolution of each matter. Ms. Ashby is recognized for the creativity she brings to her legal strategies and negotiations. She is also revered for the aggressiveness in which she will fight for her clients' entitlements.

Ms. Ashby has devotedly pursued the practice of law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1992 in the areas of Wills/Estates, Elder Law, Mediation, Family Law and Adoptions. Ms Ashby is the owner of the...
Jennifer Dumin
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(215) 790-8800 1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Family and Divorce
Temple University
Jennifer Dumin has represented thousands of clients in family law matters, including custody, child and spousal support, and divorce in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties over the last seven years. Ms. Dumin earned her Juris Doctorate from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2006. Her undergraduate studies in child and family development and her graduate studies in social work provide for an attorney sensitive to the emotional issues inherent in this area of the law.
Matthew Fox
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(610) 924-2870 516 DeKalb Street
Suite C
Norristown, PA 19401
Norristown, 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....
Thomas Petrelli Jr
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West Chester, PA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(610) 431-4012 1585 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
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....
Joni Berner
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Lawyer with 40 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...
Matthew Mobilio
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Allentown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(610) 882-4000 609 W. Hamilton St.
Suite 301
Allentown, PA 18101
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Dickinson School of Law
Matthew Mobilio founder of Mobilio Law, graduated from Penn State University and Penn State Dickinson School of Law. After law school he completed a clerkship with the Honorable Richard A. Gray. He then worked for a firm in Williamsport where he built from scratch the firms' divorce and custody practice. He was then given the opportunity to move back to the Lehigh Valley where he and his wife grew up and he spent several years practicing as a trial lawyer defending insurance companies against personal injury claims. Attorney Mobilio is pleased...
Lisa Maria Shapson
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(215) 790-8800 1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Family and Arbitration & Mediation
Villanova University School of Law
I am passionate about family law issues and write about them routinely for The Legal Intelligencer’s online family law column. If you need help with adoption, custody, divorce, name change, protection from abuse or support issues in either Philadelphia or surrounding Pennsylvania counties – or Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey – I’m here for you, either as an advocate or mediation coach. I co-chair the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Equitable Distribution Committee, and have been named as a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania and listed on the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor for exemplary pro bono...
Kevin Zlock
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Doylestown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(215) 340-5500 123 North Broad Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Dickinson School of Law
For over 28 years, Bucks County Family Law and Divorce Attorney Kevin Zlock has had a very successful career as one of the top family law attorneys in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Attorney Kevin Zlock is a founding partner of Zlock, PC. The firm has offices in Yardley, PA and Doylestown, PA. Kevin Zlock received his J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in 1990.

Kevin's practice focuses on divorce, custody, support, and property division issues, with the goal to resolve matters outside of court, but he is ready to litigate, if necessary. His wealth...
Melissa Marie Boyd
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Norristown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(610) 275-0700 40 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
University of Baltimore
Melissa M. Boyd is a partner with High Swartz LLP. She concentrates her practice on family law. She advocates in various areas including, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.
She is a frequent presenter on family law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association.

Ms. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of...
Eileen Marie Murphy
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Lawyer
(215) 790-8800 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Family
Temple University Beasley School of Law
My goal is to provide compassionate guidance so you can navigate your situation with confidence. I am focused on understanding each client’s specific needs and concerns. No case is routine and no case is too complex. Together, we can create the best strategy for you, both financially and emotionally, whether it’s knowing when to fight in court, how to negotiate successfully with the other side or where to compromise to reach the best possible outcome.
Brittany M. Yurchyk
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Norristown, PA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(610) 275-0700 40 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Family and Juvenile
Pepperdine University School of Law
While my main practice is family law, I specialize in alternative dispute resolution, equitable distribution, child custody, child and spousal support, abuse and domestic relations. After achieving a certificate in dispute resolution from the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, I called upon that legal training and focused my practice on building effective solutions that meet my clients’ needs during a divorce or other family law matter.

Before moving to the Philadelphia area, I practiced family law at a firm in Pittsburgh and previously served as a law clerk to The Honorable William F. Ward in the...
Samantha Evian
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West Conshohocken, PA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(610) 825-3634 100 Four Falls Corporate Center
1001 Conshohocken State Road, SUite 313
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
Family and Divorce
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Samantha Evian dedicates her career exclusively to representing family law clients in all aspects of matrimonial negotiation and litigation including divorce, support, child custody, alimony, equitable distribution and domestic violence in both New Jersey and in the Pennsylvania counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester. She has extensive experience with international divorce and custody matters, adoption and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Ms. Evian is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Division. She has also served as a volunteer in numerous civic projects, and contributes her time to various local charities including Hadassah, the Small...
Kathryn Hilbush
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Media, 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
Brian A Coverdale
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Doylestown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(215) 340-5500 123 N Broad Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Family, Divorce, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Brian A. Coverdale has been working with the firm since 2010 and is a partner with the firm, practicing in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A staunch advocate of his client's rights, Brian is prepared to represent his client's interests to the maximum extent possible. Brian takes a customized approach to handling all of his cases and formulates a targeted legal strategy to fit each client's individual needs. With his divorce and family law clients, Brian takes a pragmatic approach to help his clients reach the best result possible, without paying unnecessary legal fees. By way of this approach, Brian ensures...
Cary B. Hall
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Norristown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(267) 663-9995 25 W. Airy St., Suite 300
Norristown, PA 19401
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Miami School of Law
My practice focuses on civil, criminal and family law litigation with over 20 years of tested experience throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. I have successfully tried civil and criminal jury trials, contested family law hearings, administrative proceedings and appeals. My passion is assisting individuals and small businesses with their legal issues.

Many moons ago, I earned an Ivy League degree in philosophy from Columbia University, and then my law degree from the University of Miami. While in law school, I was involved in graduate student government and was a contributing author and editor of the University of Miami...
Megan Watson
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(215) 790-8800 1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Family and Arbitration & Mediation
Temple University Beasley School of Law
I have always been interested in family law and am fortunate to have started my legal career as a summer law clerk with Joni Berner and Margaret Klaw over 18 years ago. I am particularly passionate about children, family and civility and enjoy helping clients resolve legal issues as quickly and amicably as possible. I am licensed in both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and am here to help you with your family law matter. In my spare time, I serve on the board at Philly VIP and am the proud mother of a son and daughter.
Lori A. Frio-Walker
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Malvern, PA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(215) 774-1149 101 Lindenwood Drive
"not mailing address"
Malvern, PA 19355
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....
James Cushing
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Philadelphia, PA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(215) 563-7776 2047 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Family, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Temple University
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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...
Guerline Ladouceur-Laurore
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Philadelphia , PA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(215) 237-1000 2207 Chestnut Street,
First Floor
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Family and Immigration
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Roy L. Galloway III
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Harrisburg, PA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(717) 737-3300 4309 Linglestown Rd.
Suite 107
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Dickinson School of Law
Roy L. Galloway, Attorney at Law, was born in New Orleans, LA. After graduating with honors from Clark Atlanta University, where he earned his degree in political science, Roy went on to attend Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law, which is where he received his Juris Doctor. Now, he's admitted to practice law in every Pennsylvania court. Before he established his own practice, Roy was an associate at a distinguished law firm in Pottstown, PA. There, he focused on all manner of family law. Roy moved up to a larger law office based out of Lemoyne, PA,...
Mark Yurovsky
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Southampton, PA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(215) 969-3004 1111 Street Road, Suite 305
Southampton, PA 18966
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Mr. Yurovsky specializes in all areas of civil and commercial litigation, family law and real estate matters. Mr. Yurovsky received both his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration Degrees from Temple University. He received his Jurist Doctorate from Widener University, Delaware.
Angela Flouras Rieck
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LANCASTER, PA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(717) 869-6375 135B East Grant Street
LANCASTER, PA 17602
Family and Divorce
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Family Law is difficult. I believe that my job as a family law attorney is to ensure that my clients have all of the information and education they need to make informed decisions and to do my best to ensure that the legal process does not add to the emotional and stressful difficulties of these personal issues. I aim to resolve family law disputes without litigation, as that typically is a better result for my clients (both emotionally and financially) and their families. However, I have also successfully and aggressively litigated custody, divorce and support disputes in...
Paula Silverstein
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York, PA Family Law Attorney
(717) 227-1115 135 N. George Street
Suite 223
York, PA 17401
Family, Criminal and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Paula S. Silverstein has two decades of experience representing clients with their personal injury, family law and domestic matters and general civil litigation. If you are living in the Central Pennsylvania area including York and Lancaster and have been injured in a car acccident, facing divorce or any domestic issue, been convicted of a crime or any related law matter, contact Paula S. Silverstein today. Attorney Silverstein in married to her law partner, Bernard Ilkhanoff. They have been in their law practice together since 1999. Attorney Silverstein was an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, then worked for...
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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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