Randi J. Vladimer, P.C.
Randi J. Vladimer, P.C.

Divorce and Family Law


Randi J. Vladimer, P.C.
320 King of Prussia Road, Suite 140
Radnor, PA 19087
Phone: 610-975-9898
Fax: 610-975-9906
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Randi J. Vladimer, P.C.

Divorce and Family Law

Representation Throughout Pennsylvania

What is a Pennsylvania family law attorney?

A family law attorney is an attorney that accepts cases involving divorce, equitable distribution, paternity and child support issues, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, alimony, child custody, protection from abuse, juvenile dependency and delinquency, step-parent adoption and related issues. All attorneys who have passed a state's bar exam are licensed to accept family law cases; however, not every attorney has the same level of experience in handling family law matters. For many attorneys, family law cases compromise only a portion of the cases they accept and work they perform. Our office is different in that the only type of cases that we accept is family law cases. We truly are family law attorneys! in Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Philadelphia and Berks Counties!

Our office accepts family law cases including divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, alimony, paternity and child support matters, child custody cases, juvenile law cases, and related matters in Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Philadelphia and Berks Counties. To schedule a consultation, contact us at Randi J. Vladimer, P.C.

Do I need to hire a family law lawyer?

If any type of family law action is filed with the Pennsylvania courts and a conference, hearing, motion or other action is scheduled, you should retain a family law attorney to protect your legal interests. If you or the other side are considering whether or not to begin a family law case, our law office suggests that you schedule a consultation so that we can review the specific aspects of your situation and advise you on your best interests including whether or not to proceed with a legal action whether it be divorce, support, or child custody or any combination of the three.
Our office represents individuals in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child and spousal support, alimony, paternity, protection from abuse, juvenile law, adoption, and related family law matters in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks, and Berks. Our law firm conducts appointments in our Radnor office. However, in some circumstances, telephone appointments and other off site meeting places may be available.

Can both parties use the same lawyer in a Pennsylvania family court matter?

No. A Pennsylvania family law and divorce attorney can represent only one party or spouse in a contested family law or divorce case. Sometimes, the parties decide that only one of them will retain an attorney. In this situation, the Pennsylvania family law lawyer prepares any paperwork or agreements on behalf of the client who hired the lawyer and any only gives advice to that client that has retained the attorney's services. The lawyer's client is the only party represented in this situation.

Our office represents individuals in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody , child and spousal support, alimony, paternity, protection from abuse, juvenile law, adoption, and related family law matters in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks, and Berks counties. Our law firm conducts appointments in our Radnor office. However, in some circumstances, telephone appointments and other off site meeting places may be available.

What should someone do before separating from a spouse/parent of their children?

Prior to any separation, a party should obtain and copy the documents referred to in the section How to Help us Help you and consult with an attorney. A separation can significantly impact child custody, spousal support, and child support and other family law matters. Our office represents individuals in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child and spousal support, alimony, paternity, protection from abuse, juvenile law, adoption, and related family law matters in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks, and Berks counties. Our law firm conducts appointments in our Radnor office. However, in some circumstances, telephone appointments and other off site meeting places may be available.

What should I do if served with a Pennsylvania divorce complaint?

Generally, divorce complaints are served upon the defendant in a divorce action by certified mail wherein the defendant is required to sign the green certificate of service or by regular mail accompanied by an Acceptance of Service form to be signed and returned to the attorney for the plaintiff. In either case, signing the certified mail form or completing the Affidavit of Service generally only signifies that the defendant has received a copy of the Divorce Complaint, not that the defendant agrees with the statements in the Divorce Complaint or wishes to be divorced. If the defendant is represented by an attorney, the defendant’s attorney can accept service of the Divorce Complaint on behalf of the defendant.

If you are served with a Pennsylvania divorce complaint, you should immediately contact a family law or divorce attorney. If you do not respond to the Pennsylvania divorce complaint, a Divorce Decree may be entered even without your consent and your legal rights including the right to support or division of marital assets and debts may be waived.

How do I obtain a child or spousal support?

A person seeking a child support or spousal support order must file a support complaint with the domestic relations office of the court in order to establish a right to collect support. In order to obtain alimony, a request for alimony must be filed prior to the granting of a divorce decree. No legal obligation for the payment of support or alimony exists until the complaint is filed. Support complaints can be filed by your attorney or by going to your local Pennsylvania county court's domestic relations office. If the defendant does not live in the same state or county as the plaintiff, the plaintiff can choose to file a support complaint in the county where he or she resides and have the action processed between the two county courts or can choose to file the support complaint in the county where the defendant resides, is employed, or can be personally served. Once the complaint is filed, each county has its own set of procedural rules which the parties much follow.

What does the term equitable distribution mean?

Equitable Distribution is the legal term for division of marital assets and marital debts as part of a Pennsylvania divorce action. In Pennsylvania, marital assets and debts are those assets or debts acquired from the date of marriage to the date of separation except those assets and debts that are excluded by a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement or because they were acquired by gift from someone other than the spouse or through inheritance. In addition, a marital asset includes the appreciation of a pre-marital asset through the length of the marriage.

To schedule a consultation regarding your family law matter, contact us at Randi J. Vladimer, P.C. Our office represents individuals in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child and spousal support, alimony, paternity, protection from abuse, juvenile law, adoption, and related family law matters in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks, and Berks counties. Our law firm conducts appointments in our Radnor office. However, in some circumstances, telephone appointments and other off site meeting places may be available.