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Family Law

FAMILY LAW

Protect Your Family

At Shaw Law Group, we know that it is difficult to navigate legal issues among family members. We have extensive experience helping couples through complex family law issues including the divorce process, negotiating child custody disputes, drafting child support agreements and resolving premarital agreement issues. The Shaw Law Group represents select Family Law cases. 

But marriage separation problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Family law situations can arise from a number of circumstances. But more than that, they can cause anxiety, frustration and hardship for everyone involved. We fight to ensure that your rights, property and children will be protected.

When it comes to responsiveness, our firm goes above and beyond for our client. We balance compassionate and dedicated advocacy with aggressive legal representation. Many family law troubles surround families dealing with divorce, child custody, and support issues. Unfortunately, many families are unable to resolve these points of contention without legal intervention.

But the best way to obtain the outcome you’re hoping for is to try to work with your soon-to-be ex or child’s other parent. With that in mind, here are some of the most important details you need to know about these two types of family disputes.

The state of Pennsylvania recognizes both fault and no-fault divorces. In a no-fault divorce, one spouse is simply stating that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In a fault divorce, one spouse is accusing the other of having done something to cause the marriage to end. Some example of fault grounds for divorces include:

  • Bigamy
    Adultery
    Abandonment
    Humiliation
    Criminal convictions of two or more years
    Cruelty

Even if your spouse did do something to ruin your marriage, that doesn’t necessarily mean that filing for divorce on fault grounds is in your best interests. We can help you figure out what the right option is for you.

Once the divorce petition has been filed, spouses will need to work out the terms of their divorce settlement. This includes the way their marital property, assets, and debts will be divided. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, so instead of dividing property and assets equally, they’ll be divided fairly. You need a family law attorney who can ensure your estate is fairly distributed in your divorce.

Spousal Support for Divorces 

Contrary to popular belief, alimony is not a guarantee in any Pennsylvania divorce. And it isn’t always permanently awarded either. In fact, under PA law, there are specific factors that will be taken into consideration when determining whether alimony should be awarded. Some include:

  • How long you were married
    Both spouses income and expenses
    Your child custody and support plans
    Both spouses marital contributions
    Both spouses living arrangements
    Both spouses mental and physical health

These same factors, and more, will also determine how long alimony should be awarded for. In PA, there are three types of alimony:

  • Spousal support – alimony paid after separation but before the divorce petition has been filed
    Alimony pendente lite – spousal support paid before your divorce is finalized
    Alimony – spousal support paid after the divorce is finalized

We will work tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the financial support you’re entitled to. We are also prepared to protect higher-earning spouses who expect their spouses to seek support. Don’t let yourself get taken advantage of during this difficult time in your life.

Child Custody Agreements

Child custody issues are one of the biggest troubles families struggle to cope with. Child custody refers to two types of custody:

Legal custody – Major decision-making regarding children such as their religious upbringing, education, values, extracurricular activities, and more
Physical custody – Where the children reside

PA recognizes the best interests of the children when making decisions regarding child custody. Parents may seek several different types of parenting plans, such as:

Shared custody – parents share physical and legal custody
Partial custody – parents share legal custody but children may primarily reside with one parent
Sole custody – only one parent has the right to legal and physical custody

If you’re unable to work out a child custody plan with your child’s other parent for whatever reason, get reputable Philadelphia family lawyers to fight for your children’s best interests in court.

Child Support 

Another reason you may find yourself in PA family courts is to deal with a child support issue. Whether you need to seek child support from your child’s other parent or are going to be ordered to pay child support, you need legal representation.

Calculating child support in PA is a complicated process. There are several factors that are taken into account when determining how much a child support order should be. Some of these factors include:

  • Your child custody plan
    Both parents income
    Both parents expenses
    Whether either parent has remarried
    The number of children you share
    Whether you have other children and how many
    Your child’s health insurance expenses and other medical costs
    Costs of extracurricular activities or private education

Make sure your child support order works out in your favor. You need an experienced family lawyer on your side as soon as issues develop.

Family law comprises more than divorce and child custody issues. There are a number of other different family law issues we can help with, including:

  • Adoption
    Grandparent rights
    Legal guardianship
    Domestic partnership agreements
    Shared property rights
    Pre and postnuptial agreements

We know that it’s hard to choose the right attorney when you have so much at stake. That is why we offer a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with a lawyer to discuss your case. During this meeting, you can explain your situation, your goals and your concerns. From there, our family lawyers can advise you of your legal options so you can take the next steps.

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We offer free initial consultations to answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights and options. We know that clients need strong representation even if they cannot afford it, so we will work with you to create an affordable payment plan.

Contact us online or call 814-762-0004 to schedule your appointment.

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1. Initial Consultation

We set up first meeting to listen to your case.

2. Evaluate Situation

We discuss your options with honesty and integrity.

3. Gather More Information

We will continue to gather information to prepare your defense.

4. Plan your defense

We will prepare and implement your defense strategy.

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