Protecting The Future Of Your Family

Family law matters including divorce often involve a series of difficult decisions. At The Law Offices of Leah N. Westerman, LLC, we understand that emotions run high when custody of the children or division of assets is involved. This heightened sense of emotion can also negatively affect the children. We protect the rights of our clients and serve their interests, but we believe it is also important to consider the best interests of the children.

We often employ a more collaborative approach where the two sides work toward a common goal. This can set a tone for the next phase of a family's life and even create a well-defined approach for the two sides to effectively co-parent in the years to come. However, this is not always possible. We prepare each case as if we are going to court and believe this preparedness enables us to best represent our clients in court or at the negotiation table.

Important Family Law Services We Provide

We handle a wide range of family law issues:

  • Divorce: It is important to protect your individual and parental rights during this legal process.
  • Child custody: Unless there are reasons to award custody to one parent, judges prefer joint custody because it is generally believed to be best for the children.
  • Distribution of assets: Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state where assets acquired during marriage are divided equally unless an alternate arrangement is made.
  • Support: Parents have an obligation until the children are at least 18 years of age. The amount is determined by an equation that the courts use.
  • Alimony: This is based on earning capacity, length of marriage, age of the spouses and other factors.
  • Prenuptial agreements: More common today, these are useful for couples with complicated finances.
  • Adoption: We have a strong interest and background in international adoption and always enjoy helping families grow.

Modifications Should Also Be Considered

The needs of a family change with the passage of time. The children grow and need different types of support. The parents may change jobs or move to a different town or state. Whatever the family law issue, a family law attorney can help determine and draft fair and effective changes to address the family's needs.

Considering Divorce? Contact A Lawyer To Discuss Your Options.

Call our office in Collegeville at 484-690-4037 or use the Contact page of this website.