The law office of McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy has earned a stellar reputation for providing effective and cost-efficient legal counsel in all aspects of family law to individuals in metro Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County.
The decisions that are made in divorce or when resolving other family law issues will impact your relationship with your children, your immediate and long-term financial health, and other important aspects of your life for years to come.
Because our lawyers understand the gravity of these decisions, we take the time with every client to talk through the options and determine what success looks like. We help our clients prioritize goals and set realistic expectations regarding all facets of family law. This includes:
- Divorce — We protect our clients’ best interests while working toward effective and cost-efficient resolutions.
- Collaborative law — In collaborative law, couples commit to resolving all matters without litigating. Individuals who agree to this more amicable approach to divorce may reduce the cost of divorce while retaining more control over what their post-divorce life will be like.
- Child custody and visitation — We are experienced at resolving issues regarding custody, parenting time, parental relocation and modifications of existing court orders.
- Child support — Whether you expect to receive child support or make child support payments, we protect your rights and ensure that the amount ordered is fair.
- Spousal support/alimony pendente lite/alimony — Spousal support refers to financial support provided to one party before a divorce is filed in a Pennsylvania family court; alimony pendente lite is a temporary support that is ordered after the divorce is filed but prior to the issuance of a divorce decree; alimony refers to financial assistance the court orders after a divorce is finalized. We will protect your rights regarding all support issues.
- Property division — Pennsylvania law calls for the equitable distribution of all marital property. We assist our clients in determining what is marital property and how it should be divided.
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements — One effective way to avoid litigation over property division is to plan ahead. We assist individuals who wish to protect significant assets that they are bringing into a marriage through the use of comprehensive prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We may also be able to challenge a prenuptial agreement that was written by someone else.
- Dependency — A number of our lawyers are uniquely qualified to assist parents with actions brought by the Office of Children, Youth and Families in cases involving child abuse or neglect.