Family Law

The Delaware County family law attorneys of Raffaele Puppio know that when we provide legal counsel in matters of family law, we are assisting our clients with life-changing decisions. Being accessible and responsive is not enough; family law litigation can be time-consuming and emotionally draining. We service our clients with a great degree of sensitivity and emotional intelligence.

We counsel clients in matters of divorce, equitable distribution of property, alimony and spousal support, child support; child custody; domestic violence; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, adoption, and more. We supplement our own experience with outside expertise to help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children. Our attorneys collaborate often with the region’s top specialists in fields such as forensic accounting, business and professional practice evaluation, custody evaluation, psychiatry and psychology.

Our clients further benefit from the fact that their divorce attorney will be backed by the resources of the entire firm, which is well-respected in Delaware County and known to the judges and administrators of the court system. We consult often with our colleagues in other practice groups within the firm in order to develop problem-solving strategies. Our team approach provides a competitive advantage to our clients.

Our attorneys have held positions in the court system and offices in the Family Law Section of the local Bar Association. We are committed to continuing legal education to remain current in an ever-changing area of the law.

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Recent News

  • Raffaele Puppio Welcomes New Delaware County Family Attorney

    Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio is pleased to welcome family law attorney Alexandra H. Junkin, Esq. to the firm. Read More...

  • Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney to Speak at National Business Institute Seminar

    Delaware County family lawyer to present CLE on complex family law issues Read More...

  • Raffaele Puppio Partners Named Among 2016 PA Super Lawyers

    Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio is pleased to announce that partners Michael A. Raffaele and Gabrielle Goham have been named 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Read More...

  • Getting Divorced: What to Expect

    Common questions about divorce are answered in this article from Family Advocate. Read More...

  • Kathleen M. Piperno Honored

    Kathleen M. Piperno, Esq. was recently honored for her service as 2012 Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Delaware County Bar Association. Read More...

From The Blog

  • Marital Settlement Negotiations

    November 17, 2017

    During a divorce, your family law attorney is the advocate for your objectives. Divorce proceedings or child custody disputes can be especially emotional and challenging for the people involved, and it is imperative that family law attorneys have the skills to prepare their clients for the toughest negotiations. The American Bar Association published Planning for Settlement... Read More...

  • Divorce and Financial Considerations

    August 10, 2017

    The thought of divorce can trigger fear of the unknown and concerns about your future and the future of your family members. There are many questions to be answered, and all are related in some way to financial considerations involving the equitable distribution of marital assets including retirement savings, possible alimony, child support, attorney’s fees... Read More...

  • Dealing with Trusts in Divorce Cases in Delaware County

    May 18, 2017

    Trusts are a unique vehicle available to estate planning attorneys to accomplish a multitude of goals. They tend to be the longest and most complex of all estate planning documents. For even the most experienced family law attorney in Delaware County, ascertaining why a trust was set up in a certain way by the original... Read More...

  • A Snapshot of the Financial Considerations in a Divorce

    December 8, 2016

    Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 1, (Summer 2014) p. 4-7. © 2014 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the... Read More...

  • New Types of Protection Orders Available in Pennsylvania

    November 23, 2016

    Most attorneys are aware of the protections available to clients through Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, but new alternative protective orders expand the protections offered to victims of sexual violence and intimidation in Pennsylvania. The protections afforded under the PFA Act are conditioned upon the victim being a spouse/former spouse, a parent of a child... Read More...

  • Estate Planning Tips During a Divorce

    October 14, 2016

    For most, a divorce is a foreign, complex and highly emotional process. Once a party has decided to divorce or has been served with a divorce complaint, the issues that take the forefront are the ones which affect a party’s everyday life – how will expenses be paid, where will each party live, how often... Read More...

  • Understanding the Financial Ramifications of Divorce

    September 15, 2016

    While money can be a significant source of stress in a marriage, that stress and discord can be multiplied exponentially during a divorce. Understanding – or at least asking the right questions about – the financial aspects of divorce is important even before divorce proceedings begin. Ensuring that your finances are stable and that the... Read More...

  • Share and Share Alike – The Many Ways to Co-Parent

    September 1, 2016

    Once a couple has decided to divorce, one of most important challenges they face is deciding how to continue to parent together even though they will be living apart. But how, exactly, can they share parenting duties after a divorce? No single approach works best for all families, and reaching an arrangement that benefits the... Read More...

  • Talking to Kids About Divorce

    August 18, 2016

    Getting divorced is hard on everyone involved, but perhaps the hardest blow affects the youngest members of a family. Although they may not understand all the particulars, most children are perceptive enough to know when something is askew in the home. Even if they sense that something is “off,” however, many still are stunned by the... Read More...

  • Social Security Benefits and Divorce in Delaware County

    June 1, 2016

    As divorce becomes more prevalent among “baby boomers,” questions often arise on the treatment of Social Security benefits in divorce. Pennsylvania Courts do not consider Social Security benefits as an asset to be distributed between divorcing spouses. Each of the parties retains his or her benefits upon divorce. It doesn’t matter if the matrimonial action... Read More...