Family Law – what is it?

FAMILY LAW

When people hear the phrase "Family Law", what immediately comes to mind is spouses fighting with one another. It seems that most people assume that a "Family Law Attorney" simply divides up assets and debts when a couple is going through a divorce or that a Family Law Attorney simply helps his or her client obtain custody rights for the client's children. As a Berks County Family Law Attorney, Joe Guillama can assure you that "Family Law" is much more complicated than that.

It is true that a "Family Law Attorney" must have knowledge about the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, the Pennsylvania Custody Statute, and all relevant case law, however, a good Family Law Attorney must also be well versed in other areas of law as well. As a Berks County Family Law Attorney, Joe must have not only a good understanding of the statutes involving Equitable Distribution, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Alimony and Alimony Pendente Lite, but he must also have a good understanding of the tax implications associated with things that often arise in a divorce context; an understanding of the intricacies of a real estate transaction; how to help an individual change his or her name; paternity issues; bankruptcy; and even juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency.

Most families encountering the justice system usually have issues in which various areas of the law come into play. For example: when a couple is going through a divorce in Berks County, usually the marital residence gets transferred to one spouse or the residence is sold. Then, one spouse often wishes to relocate with the children far away from the other spouse. Often times the Wife wishes to resume her maiden name and many times both spouses realize that, given that they are no longer sharing their incomes, each spouse can no longer afford to maintain the lifestyle that he or she is accustomed to. This often brings with it either or both spouses considering filing for bankruptcy. Finally, when divorcing, if spouses do not learn to communicate with one another post-marriage, often times their children become rebellious and sometimes find themselves involved with the law. Accordingly, a good Berks County Family Law Attorney must have a working knowledge of various areas of the law to fully and effectively represent his or her clients. At the Law Offices of Joseph A. Guillama, Attorney Guillama has an excellent understanding of various areas of the law that are impacting the daily lives of his clients.

Perhaps as equally as important, a good Berks County Family Law Attorney must not only know various areas of the law, but he or she also plays a crucial role as a counselor to his or her clients. Divorce and separation is an extraordinarily emotionally charged situation. An effective Divorce Attorney or Child Custody Attorney in Reading, Pennsylvania, must not only be able to relate to and understand his or her clients, but that attorney must also have a great deal of patience in explaining the Berks County Family Law Court System to his or her clients. Sometimes, individuals going through a divorce allow their emotions to affect their judgment. Other times, individuals going through a divorce and/or custody battle do not always hear and register what is being told to them by their attorney. As an attorney representing individuals in divorce and custody struggles in Reading, Pennsylvania, and also as serving as an attorney representing children charged with crimes before the Juvenile Delinquency Court, Attorney Guillama has developed a true understanding of the emotions that his clients face as they go through the Court process. He has also learned how to develop an excellent rapport with his clients earning their trust and confidence in his work. Joe's clients often realize that what he is telling them may sometimes not be what they want to hear, but his clients know and trust that the advice he is giving them is the best advice any Berks County Family Attorney could give. It is for all of these reasons that Attorney Joe Guillama is an extremely well-rounded and effective Berks County Family Law Attorney.