Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney Can Make Hard Changes Easier
Experienced lawyer serves residents of Montgomery and Chester counties
When family issues become legal ones, they can also be insolvable without the aid of an experienced family lawyer who listens to your needs, understands your concerns and helps you reach well-crafted solutions. I am Steven H. Rubin and for more than 25 years, I have been helping families in the greater Philadelphia area with divorce, support custody and other family law issues. I am committed to defining realistic objectives for my clients and working vigorously to achieve them, using the best remedies available.
Supportive counsel guides you through divorce
Marriage dissolution can be painless or emotionally stressful, depending on the circumstances and how the case is handled. If both parties agree, a no-fault divorce can be completed in as little as three months. If one party contests, the other must show grounds for divorce, such as adultery or irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, and the process takes longer. Even where divorce grounds are not in question, related issues such as child custody, alimony and property division can put the case on a contested track. As your counsel, I review each case thoroughly and try to resolve all possible impediments to obtaining a divorce expeditiously.
An effective advocate for alimony and child support
In Pennsylvania, alimony is awarded only when a court finds it necessary and reasonable, considering such factors as the spouses’ financial needs and standards of living; the spouses’ earning capacities and assets; the spouses’ contributions to the marriage; and instances of marital misconduct such as adultery or abuse. A case for alimony thus requires a lawyer skilled in making a thorough analysis of the finances of each spouse and in presenting compelling arguments based on the evidence assembled.
Alimony and child support are both orders of support and many of the same factors are considered, but a child support order is presumed in most cases, because parents have a legal obligation to take care of their children. The presumptive amount can be reduced based on which parent has physical custody and whether custody is shared. However, child support and custody are not directly linked, so one parent’s failure to pay child support does not grant the other parent increased custody rights.
An understanding ally in child custody proceedings
Pennsylvania law allows child custody to be negotiated by the parents, unless a problem arises and one parent seeks a court order. At that point, the courts will look to the best interests of the child, both for physical custody — concerning where children live and which parent cares for them —and legal custody — controlling which parent can make decisions about the children’s legal, medical, educational and other needs. A reputable counselor can help you come to a resolution that will protect your rights as well as the children’s interests.
A knowledgeable guide through divorce mediation
Mediation provides a fast, cost-effective and informal alternative to going to court, giving the spouses a chance to air their differences and possibly resolve them in a flexible way. Mediation is conducted in private under the supervision of a neutral third party. It is a positive step to consider early on, because it doesn’t close the door to legal proceedings if it fails. With training in mediation, I am positioned to make full use of this valuable remedy for my clients.
Get the help you need from an accomplished, reputable attorney
At the Law Office of Steven H. Rubin, I have helped hundreds of clients in the Philadelphia area resolve divorce, support, custody and other family law matters. Please call 484-999-0895 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Plymouth Meeting office.