Family Law

Mt. Lebanon Marriage Dissolution Lawyer

When individuals are confronted with divorce, concerns about money and children become acutely important. I am attorney Elisabeth Pride. At Pride Law, I focus on finding and implementing creative solutions to these and other concerns for my family law clients.

I always try to reach the most satisfying outcome possible — both financially and emotionally — for my clients and their families. Very often, this means collaborative law, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques.

Since 1999, I have helped hundreds of clients find satisfying resolutions to family law matters, including:

  • Divorce: When divorcing spouses can settle their financial and child-related issues out of court, or have few issues to resolve, a divorce can proceed relatively quickly. I have worked with many clients to obtain clean and speedy divorces. I believe that it is usually in the best interest of my clients to settle out of court if possible, and collaborative divorce can be an effective process for those individuals. As a trained collaborative law attorney, I can help to resolve your divorce in a way that is likely to yield more sensible and satisfying results than the traditional adversarial divorce process.
  • Nontraditional families: Even though Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriage, there are ways to create many of the same legal protections of marriage. I work with individuals to symbolically and legally solidify their families, which may include helping them secure rights to shared property, to allocate care and financial responsibility for children, and to specify what will happen if the relationship dissolves.
  • Child custody: Decisions about parental custody are often made by a judge with no understanding of the needs of a particular family, but they don't have to be. I can assist you in finding a sensible solution that works for everyone involved, including the children. If necessary, I can guide you through the system and fight for your interests in court.
  • Child support: Although child support is set by a formula, there are many factors that influence how much child support is owed and by whom. I can help you navigate questions about earning capacity, unusual needs, bonuses and other income, shared custody, mixed families, large mortgages and other issues that can turn a simple calculation into a court case. When the time comes, I can help you negotiate a support amount with the other parent, or navigate the court process to ensure that your children's financial needs are met fairly and sensibly.
  • Spousal support or alimony: Temporary spousal support or alimony pendente lite may be payable to a dependent spouse until the divorce is final. Alimony may be awarded to enable a dependent spouse to maintain a reasonable lifestyle after divorce while preparing him or herself to be self-supporting. If employment training is impossible or impractical after a long-term marriage, alimony can help achieve economic justice between divorcing spouses. I can help you understand your options for support and find the best way to ensure that everybody's needs are met during and after a divorce.
  • Stepparent and same-sex adoption: I can assist you in completing in-family adoptions, including stepparent adoptions and other uncontested adoptions. I also help same-sex couples through the adoption process.
  • Marital agreements: Many conflicts can be avoided before they arise. Although marital contracts may seem unromantic, nobody can predict the future. Marital contracts can reduce the potential for conflict by setting mutual conditions for asset distribution, child care and other issues at a time when both parties are clear-eyed and in harmony. Marital settlement agreements are the means to enforceability of out-of-court settlements between divorcing parties. I am skilled in drafting marital contracts that resolve current matters and hold up in the future.

Effective Family Law Representation

I am proud to bring my years of dedication to family law issues to provide effective representation to my clients so that they can experience personal and satisfying resolutions to their family law issues. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact me by calling 412-254-3985 or by filling out the online contact form.