We are experienced in all
family law practice areas.

Practice Areas

Berner Klaw & Watson attorneys are experienced in all family law practice areas and are flexible in handling your case the way that that is right for you. This may include dealing directly with your ex, engaging the services of a mediator, using collaborative methods, negotiating through counsel, hiring a private arbitrator or litigating in court. We will help you navigate the process and work with you to accomplish a fair and equitable resolution of your dispute.

We practice in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania. Our New Jersey practice covers Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.

We also routinely asses and advise clients on whether pursuing a claim is worth the anticipated fees. Please visit our Initial Consultation page for more information on meeting with us to help you get started.

Adoption

There are certain consistent legal requirements for all adoptive families, but the path toward final adoption depends on the factual circumstances in each case.

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Agreements

Agreements can be reached in all aspects of family law, from custody, support and division of assets, to pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, domestic partnership dissolution agreements and adoption agreements

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Child Custody

At Berner Klaw & Watson, our job in child custody cases is to listen carefully to your concerns, understand your perspective and family background, help you define your child’s best interest and develop a strategy for attaining it.

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Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice is a relatively new method of avoiding ugly and expensive court disputes. At its core is the parties’ agreement to settle their financial and custody matters without resorting to adversarial litigation.

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Divorce

If you are considering a divorce in, or your spouse has recently filed a divorce complaint, it is important to understand your rights and obligations according to Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

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Domestic Torts

At Berner Klaw & Watson, we define the practice of family law broadly to include tort (personal injury) actions brought on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered injury as a result of child abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, there are a number of legal remedies available to help keep you safe.

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International Family Law

When a potential family problem arises, they need an attorney with international experience who will understand and consider the home culture as it is relevant in a United States Court and the law of the home country as a potential forum.

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LGBTQ

Our representation includes child custody cases, child support actions, second parent adoptions, surrogacy and sperm donor agreements and transgender name changes.

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Mediation

Mediation is a method for resolving all types of issues without going to court. Decisions are made by you and your spouse or partner together with the help of a trained mediator.

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Name Change

If you are seeking to change your or your child’s legal name, we can help you.

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Support

Parents have a legal obligation to support their children, whether or not they have ever been married. This obligation is governed by support guidelines which are different in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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