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.

Areas of focus include:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Annulment
  • Pre-marital agreements
  • Guardianships
  • Division of Property
  • Spousal Support
  • Family Expansion—including Adoption and Parentage Decrees


At M&R, 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 divorce lawyer or custody lawyer will work with you to develop the best route to where you want to go as an individual and as a parent.

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 or custody lawyer who can protect your rights in court. At M&R, we have thousands of hours of courtroom appearances under our belts. We are ready to advocate for the best and fairest outcomes for you and your family.

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 or custody 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.

Family Expansion

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.

At M&R, we welcome every family. If you have questions about the legal dimensions of family expansion, call or click for an appointment with an M&R family law attorney.