Family Law / Divorce / Custody

Divorce

To make all of the decisions that one needs to make at the end of a relationship, it is important to know the law and facts which impact on those decisions. We at Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart can provide the information, advice and guidance to allow someone to make the best choices at this time in their life.

Custody

Parents want to minimize trauma to their children when the adult relationship ends and they want to ensure that the child is safe. Frequently parents will not agree on the custodial arrangement for the child and this must often be resolved in Court. Our attorneys are fully versed in the child custody processes in Pennsylvania and are able to guide parents to ensure that the children are protected and that their best interests are achieved.

Alimony

The entitlement to support and/or alimony depends upon many factors. It is important to know the effect of every decision made during a divorce and/or a separation. Each decision can affect whether any spousal support/alimony is awarded and how much is awarded. It is vital to have all of the information available when the parties are making these decisions that have such an impact on their financial future.

Child Support

Many people believe child support in Pennsylvania is solely driven by the statewide guidelines instituted by the courts. Although all child support payments are governed by the same set of rules, there are many factors that play a role in the ultimate support payment determinations. Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart is fully versed in all aspects of the support rules, guidelines and case law in Pennsylvania. and has assisted many clients in resolving their child support issues to their maximum benefit.

Spousal Support

The entitlement to support and/or alimony depends upon many factors. It is important to understand the effect of every decision made during a divorce and/or a separation because each decision can affect whether any spousal support/alimony is awarded and the amount of each award. It is vital that all available information is considered when making these decisions that will have a significant impact on the party's financial future.

Adoption

Adopting a child can be a very joyous time in life, however, it can also be a very stressful time for all involved. In Pennsylvania, adoptions require very specific documents and can require several court appearances.

We assist with privately arranged adoptions as well as with placements through an adoption agency. Often in the case of remarriage an adoption is requested, however, if one party is not agreeing to relinquish his or her rights to the child, the process becomes more complex. We at Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart are well versed in the law relating to all types of adoptions and will work closely with the family through all steps of the procedure. It is our goal to make this process as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Name Changes

Changing either an adult's name or a child's name requires a hearing in Court and obtaining a court order. The process requires that background checks, public notices and complete documentation be prepared and presented. The attorneys at Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart have the experience and knowledge necessary to handle this process with ease and efficiency.

Guardianship of Minors

In cases where a minor child is being cared for by someone other than his or her parent(s), often the caregiver needs legal documentation to act on behalf of a child. We at Carpenter, Harris & Flayhart can sit down with all the parties involved to determine the best method to provide the caregiver with the proper authority while still protecting the parent's rights and the child's interests.

Our family law attorney is Andrea P. Pulizzi. Craig Harris also handles adoptions, name changes, and guardianships.