Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from a Paoli Family Law Attorney
At Snyder Family Law, I have dedicated myself to helping clients get through
a wide range of matters of
family law. I am known for being highly compassionate and caring, and I work hard
to ensure your needs and rights are protected.
Q: What are the benefits of mediation in divorce?
A: The divorce process can be very confusing and difficult for both you
and your spouse, your entire family, and any children involved. Using
a method of alternative dispute resolution such as
mediation can relieve the stress involved in the process.
Q: How do equitable distribution cases proceed in Chester County?
A: The case is initially scheduled before a Master in Divorce who handles
the preliminary conference, settlement conference and any discovery issues.
The Master will provide guidance to the parties in an effort to resolve
the matter and many cases do resolve by agreement at the settlement conference.
If no agreement is reached, the matter is listed for trial before the
Master and the Master makes a recommendation based on the evidence presented.
Q: Can you help me with my same-sex family issues?
A: Absolutely. I offer legal support, guidance, and representation to
all couples and families, including
same-sex couples. Whether you are seeking to adopt a child, are in the middle of a separation,
or are facing unique legal matters, I am here to help.
Q: How can an attorney help with matters of adoption?
Adoption can be quite complex and time-consuming. From the time you start the process,
you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the interviews and required
forms. An attorney can help you get through the process smoothly with
the intended result.
Q: How is child custody determined?
A: There are many factors that are considered when a conciliator or judge
determines arrangements for
child custody. Generally, a judge will make his or her decision based on the best interest
of the child, and any factors that may affect the child’s emotional,
psychological or physical well-being will be taken into account. I can
help ensure that you understand your rights and seek a result that works
for you and your family.
Q: How is child support determined?
A: In Pennsylvania, there are Guidelines to calculate child support; however,
there are many other factors that may impact a child support determination.
Q: Can I get a Protection from Abuse Order (often thought of as a restraining
order) against my violent spouse/partner?
A: If your spouse, partner, or ex-spouse/partner has been violent towards
you or your children, you may be able to file a petition seeking a protection
from abuse order against them. You will need to prove that you (or your
children) are in danger and need protection from
Still have questions?
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at (610) 224-9022 to make an appointment!