Divorce is often an unfortunate circumstance, and not a decision any couple comes to easily. When you feel you’ve reached a point of no return in your marriage, it can be very overwhelming. Chances are, the divorce process isn’t something you’re familiar with, and you will probably have a lot of questions. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Is there any advantages to filing first?
  • Who will have custody of the children?
  • Can I be awarded child support and/or spousal support?
  • Do I have any rights to my spouse’s retirement accounts?

You don’t have to go through the divorce process alone. Having an experienced attorney by your side is imperative to your divorce process. We fight for what is rightfully yours and will advise you through every step of this difficult time.


Child Custody / Child Support / Parenting Time

There are many layers to the divorce process, and most of the circumstances can be very emotional. One of the hardest things you’ll work through is child custody with your spouse. Even when divorce is a mutual decision, it’s very hard on children, and as parents, you may feel very overwhelmed with the whole process. Having an experienced attorney guide you through it will put some of your concerns at ease. Whether you are trying to establish custody or modify an existing custody order, the process can be demanding and quite stressful. This is not something you should take on yourself. Our firm will be by your side to guide you through the child custody process.


Prenuptial Agreements

There have been significant changes in the law regarding prenuptial agreements and their enforceability. We understand the needs of a prenuptial agreement and can help guide you through the process. It’s important to protect yourself from future uncertainties. We have the knowledge and experience necessary for developing prenuptial agreements that coincide with the revised laws.


Spousal Support

There are numerous factors that must be considered in order to determine if spousal support should be awarded. Whether you are someone who may be eligible to receive spousal support or someone who might be paying spousal support, it is important that you have an attorney who understands your situation. Divorce is a difficult process with many intricacies including the need for spousal support. If you’re paying too much or receiving too little, the added stress can be very overwhelming. We’re on your side, and can answer any questions you have, no matter which side you’re on.


Paternity Action

Working through paternity action issues can be extremely stressful. Whether you are a father who is seeking custody or visitation with your child, or a mother in need of child support, you can benefit greatly from legal guidance. There are many reasons to initiate a paternity action, and having an experienced attorney by your side is imperative to a successful outcome. Whatever the reason, the attorneys at Margolis Gallagher are experienced in paternity actions and will fight for your rights.



Cohabitation has become a very common and more often permanent arrangement for couples who do not want the legal relationship associated with marriage. If you are in this type of nontraditional relationship, it’s important that you understand the legal issues that can be associated with it. An experienced Family Law attorney understands these issues and has experience in developing domestic partnership agreements and non-marital agreements for people in cohabitation relationships. Just because you aren’t married doesn’t mean you can’t be held responsible for meeting the needs of your partner if things don’t work out. You may think entering a cohabitation relationship keeps you free from binding ties, but that isn’t the case. We can provide the expertise you need, and will help you understand the cohabitation laws that may affect you now and in the future.


Separate Maintenance

Although not very common, there are situations in which an action for separate maintenance may be appropriate. It is typically utilized when a couple might have a religious objection to divorce or wish to stay married for financial reasons. Our attorneys can discuss this option with you and whether separate maintenance might be an appropriate resolve.



Annulment is a process to determine if the validity of a marriage is doubtful. This can come about for a number of reasons due to a number of circumstances. An annulment basically erases the existence of a marriage. It’s a legal way of making a marriage disappear, but it’s not as easy as it may sound. Our attorneys have the expertise to determine whether the grounds for annulment exist and will represent you should an action for annulment be the best course of action to take with your relationship.


Guardianship / Delegation of Parental Authority

Situations can arise when the parent(s) may not be able to care for their children on a temporary basis. For example, a parent or parents might be in the military and be deployed for several months and need to appoint someone as a legal guardian to their children while they’re gone.  Another example is when a parent might be incarcerated for some time. There are legal procedures out there that allow a parent to make arrangements for the care and custody of his/her children while they are temporarily unable to do so. Having an attorney experienced in these Family Law situations will provide you with piece of mind while you prepare your family for your absence.

You can find the Petition re: Appointment of Guardian of Minor here.

And click here for the Petition re Appointment of Guardian.


Name Change

There are numerous reasons why people change their names, and just as many steps involved in the process. A common misconception regarding a name change is how long it actually takes. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the process to take several months. To keep things running smoothly and avoid potential red flags and delays, hire an attorney with experience in name changing procedures. We have first-hand experience with this process and can guide you through it, representing you from the very first to very last day of the process.

You can find the Petition re: Name Change here.


Personal Protection Orders (PPOs)

The need for a protection order shouldn’t be taken lightly. And delaying the service of one could put you in harm’s way. If you are living in fear and feel you need to file a petition for a PPO do not wait another minute. Contact an experienced attorney for consultation immediately. But maybe you’re experiencing the situation from the other side. Have you been served with a PPO and need representation in your defense against the action? Have you been accused of violating a PPO? There are strict laws regarding PPOs and having an experienced attorney on your side-no matter which side that is-is imperative to the success of your case, and may be imperative to your personal safety as well. Our firm has the experience in all aspects of personal protection orders, and can guide you through the process.

You can find the Notice of Hearing on Petition for PPO here.

For a Petition re: Domestic PPO, click here.

For a Petition re: Non-Domestic PPO, click here.