Washington, Pennsylvania Family Lawyers

Mary Regina Beier
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney
(412) 281-8539 445 Fort Pitt Blvd #400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mary Beier graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and then co-founded the law firm of Beier, Beier & Beier with her husband Bart Beier. She is an experienced litigator with particular emphasis on personal injury and equine litigation. Mrs. Beier also works in the firm’s family law practice. She focuses on client communication and understanding throughout the course of a client’s legal problem. She is adept at working out creative and cost-effective solutions that clients can be happy with.
Dana Jo-Ann Richardson
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(888) 733-8752 1207 Fifth Avenue
Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Duquesne University School of Law
Attorney Dana Jo-Ann Richardson has been a proactive advocate for her clients since entering the Bar in 2007. Her ambitions in the pursuit of law began at Duquesne University School of Law, where Dana was a class representative in the Student Bar Association, and where she became a finalist in the prestigious Carol Los Mansmann Appellate Advocacy Competition. Upon graduating from Duquesne University and receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2007, she sat for the bar examination and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar that year. While a law student at Duquesne, Dana was hired by the law firm...
Darren Kirk Oglesby
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney
(412) 261-4040 436 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1050
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family and Divorce
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Darren K. Oglesby has been an attorney at Wilder Mahood McKinley & Oglesby since 2003, having previously worked in the area of commercial litigation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Oglesby is a 2003 graduate of the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated summa cum laude and was ranked third in his graduating class. Mr. Oglesby’s law school credits include serving on Law Review, reaching the quarter finals of the Clark County Moot Court Competition, and receiving awards in recognition of finishing with the highest class ranking in over one third of his...
Candice Komar
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney
(412) 471-9000 437 Grant Street
Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family
University of Dayton School of Law
Candice L. Komar is a founding member of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. Prior to this, she was a shareholder in the family law division of Buchanan Ingersoll (now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC). A strong litigator and comprehensive attorney, Candice often deals with divorces involving closely held businesses, complex issues and high net worth individuals. With a head for business and more than two decades of experience, Candice is able to quickly assess cases, synthesize the numbers and provide cost options and estimates to her clients.
Amanda Catherine Cook
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(412) 366-8980 106 Arcadia Court
9380 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mariah Balling-Peck ESQ
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Uniontown, PA Family Law Lawyer
(724) 430-0514 111 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Duquesne University
To sum me up....I care about the lives of the people who call me. Every person is unique and their needs are paramount to me. I'll never treat a person like a piece of paper and it's one of the reasons I don't like the legal field and what I see happening to it anymore. Commercials/ Billboards. The lack of caring between the attorney and client...the personal dynamic is getting lost so much out there. Not with me. My practice areas include: Personal Injury - Wrongful Death, Car and Truck Accidents, Slip and...
Brian Christopher Vertz
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(412) 471-9000 437 Grant Street
Suite 501 (Frick Building)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce and Tax
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Armed with his MBA training and 25+ yeras of experience, Brian C. Vertz tackles complex child support and divorce financial cases in Western Pennsylvania, including division of marital property, preservation of trusts and inheritance, valuation of family businesses and professional practices, hidden income and assets, international divorce, and complicated executive compensation plans. He applies his problem-solving skills at the bargaining table, and he is a formidable advocate in the courtroom, representing professionals, entrepreneurs, pro athletes, executives, business owners, and their spouses.

Brian C. Vertz is a trained divorce mediator and holds credentials as a certified valuation analyst. He has been...
Crystal Tummala
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney
201 Penn Center Blvd
Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Duquesne University School of Law
Mr. Todd Spivak
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney
(412) 344-4900 2893 West Liberty Ave., Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Colorado Law School
Pittsburgh-based attorney Todd Spivak handles Family Law, PFA Defense, Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, and Social Security Disability. A former investigative journalist, Todd's work was twice nominated for The Pulitzer Prize.
Laura Cohen
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Monroeville, PA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(412) 824-0100 4372 Old William Penn Highway
Monroeville, PA 15146
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Ms. Cohen went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as a single parent of two children. While working her way through law school Laura decided she wanted to provide legal competent legal services geared towards family needs.. Attorney Cohen opened Family Legal Center, LLC in 1996 in an effort to provide community based legal services in the areas of Family Law and Estate Administration and Estate Planning.
Ms. Cohen is also a Senior Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Laura is also certified as a mediator and Collaborative Law...
Jaclyn M. Shaw
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New Kensington, PA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(724) 212-7564 333 Freeport Street
#201
New Kensington, PA 15068
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Jaclyn M. (Nichols) Shaw graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Upon completing her undergraduate education, she obtained her Paralegal Certification from Duquesne University during the summer of 2012. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was awarded her Juris Doctor degree in 2016.

Dedicated to guiding clients through some of the most trying experiences of their lives, Jaclyn M. Shaw serves clients in Somerset, Pennsylvania, and throughout Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Offering personalized attention and advice, Mrs....
Scott L. Levine
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(412) 303-9566 2545 Railroad Street
Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Attorney Levine provides no-nonsense, affordable representation for all Pittsburgh family law matters. He believes in creating a clear plan of action and handling his cases efficiently and effectively. Mr. Levine prides himself on being personable and accessible to his clients and always offers honest opinions on his client's goals and the likelihood of success in court.

In addition to being well versed in all aspects of traditional family law litigation, Mr. Levine is also trained in collaborative law, and he is a certified mediator.

Scott L. Levine earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. Following graduation, Mr....
William James Helzlsouer
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Dravosburg, PA Family Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(412) 469-1992 302 Euclid Avenue
Dravosburg, PA 15034-1208
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
W. J. Helzlsouer is a member of the bar of the following courts: The Supreme Court of the United States The Third Circuit Court of Appeals The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania W. J. Helzlsouer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. in 1970. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1973. In December 1983, he was awarded a Master of Science in Taxation from Robert Morris College. W. J. Helzlsouer was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,...
Daniel Glasser
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(412) 471-9000 437 Grant Street
Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce and International
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
A founding member of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, Daniel H. Glasser has negotiated and tried family law cases involving complex issues such as business valuation, tax and equitable distribution for more than two decades. Skilled at preparing difficult cases in short time spans, Dan is known for being a workout specialist on tough cases. Dan focuses on cases that require business valuation and multiple experts. His accounting background enables him to read and interpret financial statements and tax returns easily. His ability to think on his feet and perform quick mental calculations gives him an edge...
Corey Joseph Sacca
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Greensburg, PA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(724) 832-2499 20 North Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 201
Greensburg, PA 15650
Family, Bankruptcy, Collections and Consumer
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Corey Sacca has been helping clients since 2009. He has experience in bankruptcy, tax, family and civil legal matters. He has assisted clients in Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcies and has been named a Super Lawyers: Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Corey understands that your legal issues cause stress; especially when dealing with issues involving your children, family, debt or taxes. He works hard to resolve your legal matters as quickly and as cost- effectively as possible. Corey graduated from Latrobe High School. After high school,...
David Aaron Miller
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(412) 212-6200 650 Smithfield St.
Suite 1700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Family and Divorce
University of Virginia School of Law
I am an experienced family law attorney with a law practice limited to divorce, child custody, child support, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. After nearly thirty years of practice, I have the patience it takes to assist individuals through what can be a difficult transition in their life. Most cases settle without court and my practice focuses on keeping clients out of court, if possible, by using the collaborative practice model, mediation, or careful negotiation. If staying out of court is not an option, I am also an experienced family law litigation attorney with extensive background in everything from basic...
David S. Pollock
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(412) 471-9000 437 Grant Street
Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family
Duquesne University School of Law
For nearly four decades, David S. Pollock has practiced family law to help individuals and families as they transition through tough times. He is a founding member of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC and was previously a partner and head of the Matrimonial Law Group at Reed Smith LLP. David focuses on the economics of pre-marital agreements, separation, divorce, or unmarried partners, equitable distribution, support, and alimony, as well as estate planning, business and family succession planning as an adjunct to his family law practice. He works with both traditional divorces and large cases that require complex business...
Todd Begg
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(412) 471-9000 437 Grant Street
Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce and International
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
A well-known equitable distribution and custody litigator in complex, high-conflict divorce cases, Todd M. Begg has practiced family law for more than two decades. Articulate and experienced about statutes and case law, Todd exhausts all efforts to amicably resolve issues and is also a zealous advocate for his high net worth clients in the courtroom. With a background in psychology and sociology, Todd is extremely comfortable litigating cases that deal with issues of addiction, mental illness or abuse and is comfortable analyzing the critical testimony of psychologists, social workers and other experts in these convoluted cases. Before founding Pollock...
Joseph Gaydos
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White Oak, PA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(412) 678-7900 1223 long Run Rd.
White Oak, PA 15131
Family, Business, Divorce and Insurance Claims
Duquesne University School of Law
I have practiced Personal Injury Law since 1987. My firm has had thousands of clients who have had successful outcomes to their cases. GG&A also represents clients who have issues with Family Law, Gaurdianships, Criminal and Business Law. We have served as solicitors in South Park Twp., Bethel Park, North Versailles Twp. and Allegheny County.
Maria A. Imbarlina
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Cranberry Twp, PA Family Law Lawyer
(724) 935-0820 20120 Route 19 Suite 208
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Family
Duquesne University School of Law
Attorney Imbarlina graduated from Hampton High School in 1995 and earned her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999 with Majors in English and Psychology and Minors in History and Communications. Ms. Imbarlina earned her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2002. As an alumnus from Duquesne University, Attorney Imbarlina’s education was centered on unity of the mind, heart, and soul which she carries into her family law practice. She recognizes that divorced people with children live separate lives together and encourages parties to work together for the...
Todd Elliott Esq
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(412) 400-5476 425 First Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Construction, Divorce and Personal Injury
Duquesne University School of Law
Todd W. Elliott, Esq. is a Pittsburgh area resident and a litigator by vocation. For 16 years, he practiced civil litigation (plaintiff and defense) throughout Western Pennsylvania. Having worked for two prominent regional firms, Mr. Elliott's areas of practice include breach of contract, construction law, mechanic's liens, invention design cases, contractor/sub-contractor disputes, covenant not-to-compete (non-compete clauses), employee defense of non-compete, business enforcement of non-compete, trade secret violations, theft of mailing lists/recipes, professional negligence, premises liability, unfair trade practices, trade disparagement, and multistate litigation. Over the course of his career, Mr. Elliott handled the mediation of disputes, several trials by jury,...
Brian McKinley
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(412) 261-4040 436 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1050
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Brian E. McKinley has been an attorney with Wilder Mahood McKinley & Oglesby since 2001, becoming partner in June, 2012. Mr. McKinley is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Association. Mr. McKinley is a Council Member for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section. He is also a member of the Public Service Committee and Appellate Practice Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He has served on the Rules Committee and as a Council Member of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association....
Stephen Lebovitz
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(412) 351-4422 2018 Monongahela Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218-2510
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Stephen H. Lebovitz, Esquire, graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a B.S. in Economics concentrating in finance, and from the Law School at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1989, he joined Lebovitz & Lebovitz, P.A. practicing with his father and grandfather. He was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1992 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1993. Mr. Lebovitz is active in litigation. He also handles family matters, estate planning and tax work being admitted to the U.S. Tax Court. He has experience in...
Kimberly Diane Kovach
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Uniontown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(724) 434-2300 9 Court Street, Second Floor
Uniontown, PA 15401
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
David Edwin Rundquist Jr.
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(412) 307-4576 P.O. Box 17417
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Free ConsultationFamily and Bankruptcy
Duquesne University School of Law and Pennsylvania State University - University Park
I currently limit my practice to consumer bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13) and family law in Western Pennsylvania. In my practice, I make it a point to answer all telephone inquiries in a prompt fashion and to ensure that my clients understand the issues related to their cases.
Zachary N Gordon
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(412) 471-5924 707 Grant Street
Suite 3300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Attorney Gordon received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and earned membership in the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. He also graduated with the John P. Gismondi certificate in civil litigation. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he interned for a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, served on the Editorial Board of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, was a certified legal intern for Neighborhood Legal Services, and a legal writing teaching assistant....
Rebecca Eileen Puhac
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(412) 567-6613 54 South 12th Street 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Duquesne University School of Law
Jonathan Charles Voelker
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer
(412) 281-3007 310 Grant Street
1220 Grant Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Duquesne University School of Law
I received my Bachelors Degree from the University of Notre Dame and my Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University. My law practice focuses on Estate Administration, Planning, and Probate. In addition, I practice Family Law - Divorce, Custody, Equitable Distribution, Juvenile, and other Family Law matters. Contact my office to set up a consultation.
John T. Haller, Jr. Esq.
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Cranberry Twp, PA Family Law Lawyer
(724) 935-0820 20120 Route 19 Suite 208
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Family and Criminal
John T. Haller, Jr.(Jack) has over twenty five years of legal experience, representing clients in nearly every county in Western Pennsylvania. He has practiced in a wide range of areas, including criminal, family and business law. With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Attorney Haller negotiates the best outcome outside the courtroom when possible, and vigorously defends in the event that your matter requires litigation. Attorney Haller received his law degree from the University of Akron and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a retired Professor of Business Law from Slippery...
Jeffrey P. Burke Esq.
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(412) 963-8495 1384 Old Freeport Road
Suite 3B
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Family, Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Terry Lee Savina
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Aliquippa, PA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(724) 683-6304 3103 Cleveland Avenue
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Duquesne University School of Law
Currently taking cases in Beaver and Allegheny County for adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, guardianship, grandparent visitation rights, and estate probate and planning (Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Will.)
Call (724) 683-6304 to schedule a free consultation.
Weekend and evening meeting times are always available.
Jeffrey Leonard
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Greensburg, PA Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(724) 832-9811 233 W Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
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Fallon Carroll Stephenson
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer
(412) 540-2400 401 Wood Street
Suite 414
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Duquesne University
Fallon Carroll Stephenson is a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Jefferson College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. At Washington & Jefferson, Fallon was the President of Delta Gamma Fraternity, a member of The Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team. Fallon received her Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law. While at Duquesne, Fallon received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research and Writing. During law school, Fallon gained valuable experience in complex litigation matters working as a law clerk for Blumling...
Margaret A. Tremba
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Greensburg, PA Family Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(724) 838-7600 229 S Maple Ave
Greensburg, PA 15601
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Duquesne University School of Law
David Michael Charles
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer
(412) 471-6226 436 Boulevard of the Allies
Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
David M. Charles has 35 years of experience in areas of elder law, estate administration, estate planning, and guardianship. David also has extensive experience and remains active in the fields of domestic relations and real estate.
Bea Diaz-Cothen
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Beaver, PA Family Law Attorney
(724) 728-3400 250 Insurance Street
Suite 201
Beaver, PA 15009
Family, DUI and Divorce
Jerome Louis Tierney
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NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA Family Law Attorney
(724) 864-7757 10531 Center Highway
NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA 15642
Family, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Donald R. 'Don' Calaiaro
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Pittsburgh, PA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(412) 232-0930 428 Forbes Avenue, Suite 900
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Duquesne University School of Law
Patrick Narcisi
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Avalon, PA Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
606 California Avenue
Avalon, PA 15202
Family, Divorce and Probate
Cleveland State University
Thomas Shaffer
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Uniontown, PA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(724) 425-1162 11 Pittsburgh St
Uniontown, PA 15401
Family, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
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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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

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