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Crist Law Office represents clients in all issues and claims a family law case can present. Attorney Crist understands that no case is the same and each family brings differing needs and concerns to their case. 

Family Law or Domestic Relations cases involve intense negotiation as well as in court litigation on a variety of legal claims and issues. Attorney Crist, a tough negotiator , brings years of courtroom experience to your domestic relations case. Domestic Relations can be divided into sub-types involving differing claims and legal events.  

Some examples of types of claims and court events are set forth below:

Divorce & Equitable Property Distribution

No Fault Divorce

Fault Divorce

Date of Separation Disputes & Hearings

Equitable Distribution of Property

Master's Hearing for Property Distribution

Pre-Divorce Spousal Support

APL (Alimony Pendente Lite or Alimony Pending the Litigation)


Marriage Settlement Agreements

Property & Business Valuations

Equitable Distribution Conciliations

Inventories & Appraisements

Impact of Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements

Child Custody

Primary Physical Custody

Partial Physical Custody or Visitation Rights

Legal Custody (Decision-Making)

Grandparent Rights

CYS Involvement

School Choice Disputes


Co-Parenting Disputes

Same Sex Parent Custody Matters

Drug & Alcohol Issues

Custody Agreements

Judicial Custody Conciliation

Mediation Consultation

Custody Trials

Partial Custody Hearings

Enforcement & Contempt

Emergency Motions

Support - Spousal & Child

Spousal Support (pre-filing of divorce complaint)

APL (Alimony Pendente Lite or Alimony Pending Litigation)

Alimony (post divorce decree)

Child Support

Child Support Arrears

Enforcement & Contempt Proceedings

Paternity Establishment

Court Programs for Employment

Medical Insurance Coverage

Social Security Implications

Child Related Expenses Outside of Basic Support Obligation

Non Reimbursed Medical Expenses

Other Areas:

Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements

Protection From Abuse


Reproductive Technology/Surrogacy/Donor Issues

Name Changes


First Name:

Last Name:




Map of Biddle Brother's (famous before the Movie "Mrs. Soffel") Escape Route

from Old Jail (Currently Allegheny County Family Division Court Facility). Diamond Street is now Forbes Avenue. They ran out the Warden's front door on Ross Street.

Next time you come to court can you find that door?

Map from the "Pittsburg (no H!) Press", January 30, 1902, Page 1.

"For a couple with young children,

divorce seldom comes as a "solution" to stress,

only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another."

~ Fred Rogers

"Mister Rogers Talks to Parents"

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