The attorneys in Pietragallo’s Family Law Practice have more than 30 years of experience in providing exceptional legal counsel in the areas of high net-worth divorces and complex custody disputes. Several of our attorneys were instrumental in developing the Pennsylvania Divorce Code and participated in drafting its latest amendments.
We strive for amicable resolutions of family law disputes, whether they involve equitable distribution, alimony, child support, custody or any other family-law related matter. However, we have the skill to litigate aggressively when necessary.
Contemplating a divorce is difficult. The emotional experience alone can be overwhelming even before thinking about concerns like the logistics of separating, making sure children are protected, and of course addressing financial concerns. Deciding which party should file for divorce, strategy, and issues surrounding spousal or child support are just a few of the myriad questions to address in every divorce case.
At Pietragallo, our family law attorneys put their decades of experience to work helping you think through the questions surrounding your divorce. We will help you reach decisions about the divorce process and help you identify and pursue your specific priorities. No one should have to answer these questions alone. That’s why we’re here to help.
Generally speaking, parents have an obligation to financially support their children and Pennsylvania law is based on the belief that both parties should be contributing towards the costs associated with the care of their children.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding the appropriate amount of child support, it may be necessary for a conference or hearing with the parties to address their child support claims. At the time of that conference, various factors, including the parties’ income, their custody schedule, and additional expenses of the children can be addressed.
Pennsylvania support laws provide guidance and guidelines which define support arrangements. Closely held business owners, the self-employed, professional partners, and high net-worth earners, however, may require a different, more complex degree of evaluation and analysis to establish interim support obligations. Pietragallo provides assistance to people whose incomes fall outside traditional sources and the spouses or co-parents who rely on them for their support.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Whether you have dependents from a prior relationship, you’ve accumulated assets before your marriage, or you own a business or professional practice, a prenuptial agreement can help you and your future spouse define your rights and responsibilities to each other in the event of death or divorce.
For over 30 years, our experienced attorneys have prepared and negotiated agreements to assist our clients in giving them a degree of certainty in their future. We have also litigated the enforcement of these contracts when a party fails to comply with them, or to challenge them when they fail to comply with the laws governing them.
Postnuptial agreements serve similar purposes and are signed after parties are married. Often, a spouse may inherit or acquire property or they may establish a business interest after marrying, and the parties wish to address how those assets will be treated in the future.
Before you sign a marital agreement, it is important for you to speak with an attorney who can explain the rights you seek to preserve and the rights which an agreement could compel you to waive.
Kenneth Horoho, Jr. — KH@Pietragallo.com