Family Law Overview

Pennsylvania Family Law Attorneys

A Wealth of Experience in Pennsylvania Family Law

The family law attorneys of Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, P.C., are widely regarded as leaders in this field and have in-depth experience and knowledge in all areas of family law. Whether you are a professional business owner with a high-asset divorce or an individual with a custody matter, we are uniquely equipped to provide advice in all areas of family law and counsel to you through difficult times.

We provide comprehensive family services to the entire Pittsburgh metro area, Allegheny County and surrounding counties of Western Pennsylvania. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a Pennsylvania family law lawyer at our firm.

Comprehensive Family Law Practice

We will provide you with knowledgeable advice and dedicated counsel regarding your dissolution of marriage or any related matter, including:

Divorce — We take a hands-on, proactive and solution-oriented approach to resolving the complex issues that present a barrier to resolving your divorce or military divorce amicably. We have it at our disposal to implement the most aggressive, fine-tuned and updated strategies in order to effectively represent clients either in negotiations or in litigation or both.

Property division — We have the skills to arrive at an accurate, creative and efficient division of retirement accounts, disposition of the family home and other assets, including consideration of the relevant tax issues in the equitable distribution process.

Complex property division — We take a sophisticated approach to the division of complex and high-value assets. Our attorneys are adept at handling complex litigation and working with other professionals in order to identify and trace assets.

Complex valuations — We consult with CPAs and other financial professionals to determine the sometimes-elusive value of a professional practice (like a medical practice or law firm) or a closely held business.

Support and alimony — We will work to obtain the best possible result for our clients. Often this is through negotiation and an out of court settlement, saving time and expense. But if litigation is required, we will aggressively advocate for our clients' interests. Our goal is to aggressively advocate for and to protect our clients, in the most cost effective manner possible.

Complex support issues — When child support calculations or alimony become complicated, our attorneys can help you find a solution through out-of-court negotiations or litigation.

Child custody — Our law firm has a wealth of experience in custody matters, including both trial court and appellate matters. We work with our clients to find creative and workable parenting agreements, and to handle all conflicts that may arise. Our attorneys have experience in custody relocation matters, as well as international custody disputes. It is very important that if you are considering a custody relocation, or are seeking to contest the other parent's right to relocate with your child, you should consult with us immediately. A new custody statute has imposed very strict requirements, and deadlines, for proposing a relocation and in opposing a relocation. Failure to comply with these deadlines can affect your legal rights to custody.

Grandparent or stepparent custody — We assist grandparents who are seeking custody of a grandchild when the parent is unfit or unable to provide the care and support the child needs. There are particular requirements for grandparents and people standing in loco parentis to have standing in these matters.

Collaborative law and mediation — Our lawyers are trained in collaborative law, which is a very effective way of resolving disputes, including divorce, custody and other related family issues, without litigation. This alternative can be private, cost effective, and more likely to result in an enhanced ability to coparent children after a divorce. Please ask us about this alternative to litigation. We will also consider mediation, if that is appropriate.

Domestic violence — Our attorneys strongly advocate on behalf of victims of domestic violence or abuse, to protect them and to prevent further abuse. If you are the victim of domestic violence, please talk to us about options to protect your family. If you are accused of domestic violence of abuse, or have been served with a Protection from Abuse Order, it is extremely important that you seek legal advice immediately. Our lawyers stand ready and able to give you the advice and counsel that you need, in order to protect your interests.

Premarital, post-marital and cohabitation agreements — Our lawyers literally "wrote the book" on these types of legal agreements. Call us in advance, for advice as to how to protect assets, and to avoid future litigation. Our attorneys are well trained to provide the insight and advice needed, in even the most complex situations. This is particularly important for owners of family owned businesses, inherited property, and other types of assets that could potentially be considered to be nonmarital property, with proper legal advice.

Issues ancillary to family matters — From tax issues to real estate, we can help you find a solution to any issues that arise during your divorce or other family matter.

Will and estate administration — Everyone should have a will, to insure that property is divided according to your wishes, as well as to protect and to provide for children. From basic wills and powers of attorney, to more complex or sophisticated special needs and other trusts, we will provide you with the knowledge and information that you need to make these important decisions. We will bring a comprehensive approach to passing your wealth to the next generation, and to plan for death or disability. Our lawyers are experienced in handling will probate and estate administration matters. Please call to discuss these important matters with one of our attorneys.

We are comfortable addressing all other issues of Pennsylvania family law. Please ask us about:

  • Juvenile dependency (child welfare)
  • Family law appeals
  • Paternity
  • Step-parent adoption

Contact Our Allegheny County Divorce Lawyers

Raphael, Ramsden & Behers is committed to quality representation and client service. Contact our Pittsburgh office at 412-471-8822 or 412-471-8822, or e-mail us to arrange a consultation with an experienced family law professional.