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 Partner Kathleen Piperno Featured in Cover Story for The Delco Review

    Raffaele Puppio family law attorney and firm partner, Kathleen Piperno, has been featured in a profile of four female leaders in the Delaware County legal community in the Winter issue of the Delaware County Bar Association’s publication, The Delco Review. Read More...

  • 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 A. Piperno Honored

    Kathleen A. 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

  • Exclusive Possession of the Family Home in Delaware County, PA

    May 30, 2018

    During a pending divorce matter, the court has the power to award to a party the right to exclusively reside in the marital residence, otherwise known as “exclusive possession.” To be awarded exclusive possession of a residence the party must file a Petition for Exclusive Possession with the court. Unless both parties agree that that... Read More...

  • When You Can’t Be There in Person

    May 3, 2018

    Separation and divorce will change family lifestyles in a variety of ways, most profoundly in the amount of time spent with children. With the high rate of divorce, it is common for children to live apart from at least one parent, sometimes far away. Virtual parenting offers a partial solution to the problem of long-distance... Read More...

  • How to Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell

    January 24, 2018

    Thinking of creating even more havoc in your already contentious divorce in Delaware County? Then focusing on your own emotional destruction and playing games are sure to do the trick. Published by the American Bar Association, “Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell” is a worthwhile tongue-in-cheek read if you are in the process... Read More...

  • 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...