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Author Archives: Lisa M. Petruzzi

Author Archives: Lisa M. Petruzzi

Dividing Insurance Policies, Retirement Accounts When You Have a Blended Family

According to the Pew Research Center, about 40 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2013 included at least one spouse who had been married before. And in many cases, one or both spouses entering into a marriage have children from previous relationships, resulting in an increasingly common situation known as a “blended […]

Top Five Benefits of Resolving Your Divorce Through Mediation

If you and your spouse are ending your marriage, the two of you may opt to use mediation to resolve the issues surrounding your divorce, including the division of marital assets and debt, child custody, and child support and alimony, among others. Through mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party known […]

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Experienced Attorneys Handling Contested and Uncontested Divorces in PA Guiding you through the divorce process in Pittsburgh After making the difficult decision to get a divorce, your next step is to determine which process will assist you in accomplishing your goals. In Pennsylvania, there are several options, including a contested divorce, or an uncontested divorce. […]

Pittsburgh Attorney Providing Assistance with Marital Agreements

Helping you draft pre- and post-nuptial agreements in Pennsylvania When contemplating marriage, it is important to protect your assets, both those you have prior to marriage and those you may accumulate after marriage. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that a couple signs before they are married, outlining asset and debt division in the event […]

How Do Divorce Costs for Mediation and Collaborative Law Compare with Litigation?

When you want a divorce, you’ve got a variety of approaches to choose from ─ some more costly than others. While cost is not the only consideration, it’s a major one for most couples. Many marriages go on the rocks over financial stress and finances can remain hotly contested issues during divorce. Yet couples who […]

What Are Some Ways to Establish Paternity Under Pennsylvania Law?

Establishing paternity is often a crucial issue when an unmarried mother seeks child support or a father wants a legal relationship with a child. Pennsylvania Code Rule 1910.15. Paternity lays the ground rules for how you can establish paternity in Pennsylvania. The main two ways are:  Acknowledgment of paternity. The father acknowledges his paternity by […]

Tips to Navigate the Divorce Process

As a family law attorney, I see clients most often at one of the lowest points of their lives.  Everything that has been familiar and stable is undergoing a major, life-altering overhaul.  The change, itself, is scary, but the process to become divorced is even scarier.  I have some suggestions to help in this transition, […]

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