Family Law

Family Law is the term for laws developed regarding family relationships. Family law rules define not only the relationships between members of a family, but also between a family and society as a whole. Family law reflects the values society shares regarding how people who are related should treat each other.

Family law attorneys assist people with the making and breaking of family relationships. Specific areas of representation usually involve marriage, pre-nuptials, post-nuptials, divorce, paternity, alimony, alimony pendente lite, child custody, child support and adoption. When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a family relationship, the advice and assistance of Mooney & Associates, experienced family law attorneys, often proves crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of your family-related matter. Our family law practice at Mooney & Associates, Attorneys at Law deals with the major life changes of our clients.

Residents of Pennsylvania often look to the experienced, compassionate family law attorneys of Mooney & Associates, Attorneys at Law to help them deal with legal matters including divorce, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, paternity, alimony, child custody, child support, and adoption.

If you are contemplating marriage, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the legal ramifications of the commitment that you are about to make. (If you are in a domestic partnership, we can help clarify whether your relationship meets the criteria of a common law marriage). Our lawyers are prepared to help you determine whether a pre-marital agreement is right for you—and if so, how to ensure that it is enforceable.

Divorce and its accompanying issues, including equitable distribution of property, alimony, child custody, and child support, is a large part of our family law practice. We guide clients through the many difficult and complex aspects of marital dissolution with an understanding of the financial and emotional challenges involved.

Whether parents are married, separated, or never married, child custody matters require experienced, compassionate legal counsel and representation. We advise and assist parents with custody arrangements, including sole physical and legal custody, and shared parenting by way of joint custody or split custody. We help parents pursue, enforce, and contest child support orders.

Other family law matters that we are prepared to help with include paternity (parentage) and adoption.

Our experienced family law attorneys handle a full range of legal matters pertaining to family relationships, including divorce, annulments, dissolutions, legal separations, spousal support, alimony, division of marital assets (marital property, businesses, pension plans, etc.), child custody, child support, child visitation, post-divorce modifications due to change in circumstances, adoptions, paternity issues, name changes, guardianships, juvenile issues (including termination of parental rights and issues involving children services), contempt and enforcement procedures. We practice family law through mediation or litigation in the Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.