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ACT 147: A Minor's Right to Mental Health Treatment
How do the United States Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 Impact Pennsylvania Same-Sex Relationships?
What about my stuff?
Pennsylvania Eliminates Parenting Coordination
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Happenings & Headlines
Williams Family Law Attorneys Selected by U.S. News & World Report as 2014 Best Lawyers in America
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Three Firm Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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Jeffrey M. Williams Speaks in Las Vegas on Valuing Marital Assets in Divorce
Read more at Litigation Symposium.
Our Name Has Changed
We have changed our name to Williams Family Law, P.C. Jeffrey M. Williams remains managing partner of the law firm. The website address (www.bucksfamilylawyers.com) and firm email addresses have not changed.
"With business growth, comes opportunity for change," said Williams. "We have renamed the firm in order to focus on family law services and our continued commitment to representing our clients' best interests while restructuring the firm's ownership. As managing partner, it is my responsibility to ensure that our family law attorneys continue to provide clients with the best counsel possible."
Read more about the name change: Williams Family Law.
Jeffrey M. Williams Named Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Founder and Managing Partner, Jeffrey M. Williams, has been nominated to be Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML-PA). He is the only AAML Fellow with a primary office in Bucks County.
AAML-PA collaborates with lawyers, legislators, judges, agencies and professionals to improve the standards and processes of resolving conflicts involving child support, divorce, custody and juvenile matters. Fellows of the AAML Pennsylvania Chapter are skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. Fellows deal with the most complex aspects of matrimonial law, such as valuation, professional practices, tax consequences, alternative families, and interstate and international cases.
Read more about this nomination: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Did You Know?
Frequently Asked Questions
at Williams Family Law
Q: My father passed away five years ago and I received a large inheritance. Is my spouse entitled to any of this inheritance as part of a divorce action?
A: It depends. Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, marital property does not include property acquired by inheritance. However, the increase in value of an inheritance will be considered part of the marital estate, subject to division between the parties. To ensure that the inheritance remains identified as a non-marital asset, it should be maintained separately from assets owned jointly by the parties. Read more here: Is my spouse entitled to large inheritance?
Q: My spouse moved out of the house when he filed for divorce. Can I change the locks and alarm code so he can't get in?
Assuming the residence where you and your spouse resided is jointly titled, it would generally be a poor idea to change the locks and the alarm code. Simply by moving out, your spouse has not waived the right to the property. Read more here: Can I change the locks and alarm code?
Featured Practice Area
Marital Settlement Agreements
When possible, it is often recommended for spouses in a Pennsylvania divorce proceeding to discuss an amicable resolution and settlement of all claims. A marital settlement agreement (also known as a "property settlement agreement") is a written agreement that provides the parties with an efficient means to resolving the issues of a divorce proceeding, such as the division of marital assets and liabilities, alimony, APL/support payments, child support, legal fees and other rights. Similar to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements are considered to be final and binding upon the spouses and should be thoroughly discussed, negotiated and reviewed. Marital settlement agreements can also save the parties a significant amount of time and money since court proceedings are removed from the process.
If you have questions, consulting with a skilled family lawyer is critical and our family law attorneys are available to help. Find out more about marital settlement agreements.
The Mercer Museum
As part of a Bucks County law firm, we live and work in a beautiful area in the Greater Philadelphia region. Constructed by historian and archaeologist Henry Mercer, the Mercer Museum contains a collection of 40,000 objects that document everyday life in 18th and 19th century America. The museum is a unique 6-story concrete castle that has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Recently, an expanded state-of-the-art exhibit gallery and program space was opened.
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Williams Family Law, P.C. is a premier family law firm based in Bucks County, Pa. The firm provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, domestic partnership and cohabitation, grandparents' custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation and related matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success.
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