Family law is the umbrella term for the variety of legal issues involving domestic relations and the family. This can involve anything from marriage, to the visitation rights of a parent or guardian, to the legal name change of an individual. The most common interactions of Americans with family law are child custody or support issues and divorce.
Divorce and child custody are handled by 231 Pa.C.S. §1920 and Pennsylvania Code Title 23, Chapter 53, respectively. In Pennsylvania, the main state-specific issue with divorce is the equitable distribution of assets. Marital property and assets are divided according to what the court considers fair under specific criteria and not according to what constitutes a 50/50 split. Child custody, visitation, and support issues are governed by the state court’s public policy of doing whatever’s in the best interest of the child.
Though frequently encountered in domestic relations, divorce and child custody considerations are not the only domestic issues governed by Pennsylvania law. Family law in Pennsylvania also deals with a variety of other issues, including:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Postnuptial agreements
- Protection from Abuse Orders
- Legal Name Change
- Parental rights
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Legal guardianship
- Power of Attorney
- Wills and Inheritance
All of these domestic legal considerations, as well as those involved with divorce and child support or child custody, have complexities in Pennsylvania code that can cause any average family law case to hit a snag. Additionally, the emotions that often run parallel to such closely-held domestic legal issues can complicate matters further. The guidance of an experienced Chester County family attorney may help smooth out any legal or emotional issues as well as help you fight for you and your family’s needs in court, if necessary.
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our team of experienced and compassionate West Chester family lawyers works together and with you to determine the right path for your domestic relations case. If you are facing a family law issue in Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, or anywhere in the Greater Philadelphia area, we will work with you to find the appropriate legal solution for your case. Your first consultation is free, so to find out what Ciccarelli Law Offices can do for your family law or domestic relations case, call (877) 529-2422 today.