Family Law Attorney Offering Solutions for Clients Throughout Reading and Berks County

For many individuals in Pennsylvania, family bonds continue to endure despite the challenges of our rapidly evolving society. At times, however, family relationships are threatened by conflicts that cannot be readily resolved within the home. For this reason, the practice of family law is designed to restore order and find legal solutions to a wide range of domestic issues. For over 30 years, Attorney Swavely has been helping families in Berks and surrounding counties manage their most private matters including divorce, child and spousal support, and premarital agreements and adoptions.


Because ending a marriage often involves intense feelings and significant expense, Attorney Swavely works with clients to minimize the emotional strain and cost normally associated with these proceedings. In a divorce, it is essential to engage the services of an experienced matrimonial attorney who can help to  assess the value of the spouses’ assets and debts and attain a fair and equitable distribution of the marital property.  In addition, one of the most contentious issues concerns spousal support, and is vitally important to arrange for appropriate financial support through alimony. Similarly, if minor children are involved, Attorney Swavely works with clients in order to reach child custody and support agreements.

Child Custody and Child Support

In Pennsylvania, the courts normally grant legal and physical custody of children to both parents. In the event that primary physical custody is awarded to one parent, however, the court may also award the other parent reasonable partial physical custody rights.  In determining child support payments the courts consider each parent’s income, whether one parent is receiving spousal support, the child custody arrangements, any health, medical, or educational expenses of the child and other relevant factors. Attorney Swavely is keenly aware of the necessity of arranging agreements that are in the best interest of the children.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Attorney Swavely has expertise in negotiating and preparing pre-nuptial agreements. These agreements are entered into before the marriage and specify each future spouse’s property ownership and their respective property rights if they decide to separate and/or divorce. A well designed pre-nuptial agreement can help avoid court intervention in determining property division and reduce the conflict associated with divorce litigation.

Post Nuptial Agreements

A post nuptial agreement is entered into after a couple marries and generally details how the marital property and debts will be divided in the event of a separation and/or divorce. The benefit of a post nuptial agreement is that it can clarify the rights and responsibilities of each spouse and specify how the assets and debts will be divided in the event of separation, divorce, or death of one or both spouses.

Contact a Family Law Attorney in Reading

Located in Reading PA, the Law Office of Gary R. Swavely, Jr. provides each client with a high level of personal attention, service and legal expertise. Regardless of the challenging issues facing your family, Attorney Swavely will act as your confidant and advocate during these difficult times. Additionally, you can expect to be treated with honesty and compassion. Fill out a contact form or call today for a consultation to discuss your family situation at (610) 816-6366.