There’s no getting around it: family law is different. Family law disputes, and especially divorce and custody battles, can be among the most painful events in a person’s life. For that reason, we believe that whenever possible, family law disputes should also be short.

At M&R, we work to get the best results for you and your family with an eye on the clock and on the bottom line. We want to get you out of court and back on your feet as soon as possible.

Our Approach to Family Law

Each family law case begins with a strategy session so that we can fully understand your goals. We will take into account what you want today—and what you want for the future. An M&R lawyer will work with you to develop the best route to where you want to go as an individual and as a family member.

We promise to be cost-efficient and mindful of the effect that disputes have on you and the people you love. We will give you a realistic assessment of the risks and benefits of specific strategies at every juncture of a case. We will remember that every family has future investments it needs to make after the dust has settled on a divorce, custody, or other matter. And we will remember that the personal and emotional costs of family law disputes are important, too. We will work as quickly as possible to answer your questions, adapt to new situations, and keep your case moving forward.

Areas of Focus:

Divorce and Separation
If you are considering divorce or separation, it is important to have a legal team that can guide you through the process and protect your rights. We can help you navigate issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody. In many divorce and custody cases, negotiation is the best path for everyone. In fact, the courts in Berks County and surrounding areas encourage mediation and alternative dispute resolution to make cases move quickly through the system. If negotiations break down, however, you need a divorce lawyer who can protect your rights in court.

We understand that the well-being and best interests of your children are of the utmost importance. We can help you determine the best custody arrangement for your family, whether that be sole custody, joint custody, or something else.

Child Support
If you are seeking child support or are required to pay child support, we can help you understand your rights and responsibilities under Pennsylvania law.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to have a marriage annulled, effectively treating it as if it never took place. We can help you understand whether annulment is an option in your situation and guide you through the process.

Pre-marital Agreements
If you are considering getting married, a pre-marital agreement can help protect your rights and assets in the event of a divorce. We can help you draft a comprehensive and legally-binding pre-marital agreement.

If you are seeking to become the guardian of a child or adult, or if you are being asked to serve as a guardian, we can help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Division of Property
In a divorce or separation, it is important to fairly divide any shared property. We can help you understand your rights and negotiate a fair property division agreement.

Spousal Support
In some cases, one spouse may be required to pay support to the other after a divorce or separation. We can help you understand your rights and obligations regarding spousal support.

Family Expansion—including Adoption and Parentage Decrees
If you are seeking to expand your family through adoption or are seeking a parentage decree, we can guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected. Human understanding of who makes up a family and how families grow has changed considerably in recent years. Many people across the United States have given their time, talent, and treasure to enlarge the definition of the word “family”—with all of the rights and responsibilities that go with it.

Contemporary families face a changing legal landscape, particularly in the area of adoption and assisted conception. It is important to consult an attorney to fully understand the options available to second parents, stepparents, grandparents, and couples considering adoption or surrogacy. The law and the courts in Berks County and beyond are evolving to eliminate guesswork. Nonetheless, many procedures still require court filings as well as follow-up work with the Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records.

Why Choose Mays & Rotenberg Attorneys at Law?

At M&R, we have thousands of hours of courtroom appearances under our belts. We specialize in Family Law in Reading, PA, and we’re ready to advocate for the best and fairest outcomes for you and your family.

We understand that family legal issues can be complex and emotionally charged, which is why we are here to provide you with compassionate and experienced legal representation. At M&R, we welcome every family. Contact Mays & Rotenberg today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help with your Family Law needs in Reading, PA.