“Family Law.” “Custody.” “Support.” These words usually bring to mind unpleasant images; images that are tied to sad scenes of spouses fighting and children crying.
The Domestic Relations / Family Law Group at Willig, Williams, & Davidson is committed to helping our clients get through these trying times as comfortably as possible. No client is just a fee or just a file to us. We understand that we are dealing with your life and your family. These simple facts affect everything we do for you; from the initial consultation to the final settlement of your assets.
Our Pennsylvania attorneys provide quality, professional legal representation to thousands of union members, their families and dependents. They also regularly handle cases for private clients. Our individual clients and union members receive advice and consultation, document preparation, and representation in and out of court in all of the following areas:
Adoption (for both individuals and couples)
Child custody and visitation
Child support, spousal support & alimony
Civil union contracts and dissolutions
Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets
Name changes (for adults and children)
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Protection from Abuse
The domestic relations / family law attorneys at Willig, Williams, & Davidson come from many different backgrounds, but are all committed to the same thing - providing clients the best possible representation during the worst of times. Our attorneys in PA are skilled negotiators and do everything in their power to resolve your situation in a fair and amicable way. We are in court every day. We know the courts - both the personnel and the procedures, and we use this knowledge to get the best possible results for our clients. We often deal with the hard cases - the abused spouse who needs a protection order or the grandparents who need an emergency custody order can count on our zealous representation. We also represent clients in non-contested matters and can facilitate the dissolution of a marriage as expeditiously as possible.
In addition, family law issues often overlap with other areas of the law, such as bankruptcy, criminal defense, real estate, and wills, trusts and estates. Our lawyers in Philadelphia are able to assist you in all of these areas.
Our attorneys are with you every step of the way - from consultation and negotiation, to preparing you for everything from entering into an agreement to a hearing in court. Every matter is important to us and our family law attorneys never lose sight of the fact that at the heart of every case are people at their most vulnerable.
Child Custody and Relocation - Don't Move Until You Read This February 27, 2015 People choose to relocate for a variety of reasons. However, when a parent involved in a child custody matter wishes to relocate with their children they may be required to receive permission from the other parent and/or the Family Court.
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes DOMA Down - What Does It Mean? July 12, 2013 On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal statute that denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that DOMA violated the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The decision will have significant impacts for married same-sex couples regarding federal benefits and protections previously available only to opposite-sex married couples. Currently, 1138 federal laws confer benefits to married couples including Social Security, tax, and Veterans’ benefits, just to name a few.
How to Hurt and Help Yourself in a Custody Case April 19, 2013 For a parent or guardian, one of the worst situations imaginable is to be involved in a contested custody case regarding your child. Unfortunately, for many families, going to court for custody is unavoidable. If that happens, the first issue for many parents and guardians is what, if anything, to say to the child about the case. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Couples in Civil Unions Can Now Divorce in Pennsylvania By Brett J. Zeitlin Same sex couples gained the legal right to marry in the state of Pennsylvania in May 2014. And along with the right to get married came the right to dissolve that marriage through divorce. Now, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has taken things a step further. Same sex couples joined in...
Pennsylvania Unilateral No-Fault Divorce Now Requires Only a 1-Year Waiting Period By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia On October 4, 2016, a new bill was signed into law, which reduces the required waiting period to obtain a unilateral, no-fault divorce, based upon the separation of the parties, from two-years to one-year. The new law takes effect in early December 2016. Under the existing law, parties seeking a no-fault divorce...
Types of Adoption in Pennsylvania “Open” or “closed” are two of the many ways in which we distinguish the various types of adoptions in Pennsylvania. There are also kinship, or family adoptions, agency adoptions and international adoptions. Today, we’d like to focus on the open vs. closed distinction, as it is something that you can see in any of the...
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