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Domestic Relations

Contact us through our secure portal for assistance with family law matters.


PPGMR Law handles both divorce and post-divorce cases, ensuring that you are protected and represented no matter what issues arise. Our attorneys have expertise in handling initial divorce actions, as well as issues that may arise after a divorce.

Our attorneys can handle all kinds of divorce-related issues, whether it be transferring property, dividing partnerships, LLCs, and corporations, minimizing tax liabilities, or planning financially for the future.

Navigating a divorce can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. Our firm provides dedicated divorce representation to guide you through every step of the process with compassion and expertise.

We offer personalized legal advice tailored to your unique situation, explaining your rights, options, and potential outcomes. We strive to achieve amicable resolutions through negotiation or mediation, promoting constructive communication and minimizing conflict. When necessary, we provide assertive representation in court to protect your interests in matters such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support. We assist with post-divorce issues, including modifications of court orders, enforcement of agreements, and parental relocation.

Our goal is to empower you with the information and support needed to make informed decisions about your future. Whether you are considering divorce, in the midst of divorce proceedings, or need post-divorce assistance, our experienced attorneys are here to advocate for your rights. 


A paternity action is a legal proceeding used to establish the parental relationship between a father and a child when the parents are not married. This process is initiated to:

  • Establish Parental Rights: Determine the legal father of the child and establish custody, visitation, and child support obligations.
  • Protect the Child’s Interests: Ensure the child’s right to financial support, inheritance, and access to medical history and benefits from both parents.
  • Resolve Parental Disputes: Address disputes regarding custody, visitation schedules, and other parental responsibilities.
  • Facilitate Child Support: Establishing paternity is often a prerequisite for obtaining child support from the biological father.

In a paternity action, DNA testing may be used to confirm biological parentage if necessary. Our firm has extensive experience in handling paternity cases with sensitivity and professionalism. Whether you are seeking to establish paternity or defending against a paternity claim, we are committed to protecting your rights and advocating for the best interests of you and your child.


Adopting a child is a significant and rewarding decision that requires careful legal guidance and support. Our firm provides compassionate and experienced adoption services to individuals and families navigating the adoption process. We help stepparents navigate the legal process of adopting their stepchildren, ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to secure parental rights.

In cases where parental rights need to be terminated to facilitate adoption, we provide legal representation to ensure compliance with state laws and requirements. We guide clients through the finalization of the adoption process, including obtaining court approval and securing new birth certificates for the adopted child.

At our firm, we understand the emotional and legal complexities of adoption and are committed to helping families achieve their dreams of expanding through adoption. If you are considering adoption or need legal assistance with an ongoing adoption process, please contact us for a consultation to discuss how we can assist you.

Child Support:

Make sure your child receives financial support from both parents following a separation, divorce, or paternity determination.

We can help with determining the appropriate amount of child support based on state guidelines, considering factors such as each parent’s income, parenting time, the needs of the child, expenses related to education, healthcare, and basic necessities.

PPGMR can help enforce court-ordered child support payments when a parent fails to meet their obligations, which may involve wage garnishment, property liens, or other enforcement measures, as well as seeking modifications to child support based on significant changes in circumstances, such as income fluctuations or changes in the child’s needs.

Our firm is dedicated to advocating for the best interests of children and ensuring that they receive the financial support they deserve. We provide compassionate representation to custodial parents seeking to establish or enforce child support orders, as well as non-custodial parents navigating their obligations under the law.


Guardianship proceedings are legal processes used to appoint a guardian to make decisions on behalf of an individual who is unable to care for themselves due to incapacity or disability. At our firm, we assist clients in navigating guardianship matters with compassion and expertise.

We guide families through the process of petitioning the court to appoint a guardian for a minor child or an incapacitated adult who requires assistance with personal or financial matters. Our experienced attorneys represent petitioners in guardianship hearings, presenting evidence to demonstrate the need for guardianship and advocating for the appointment of a suitable guardian. Once appointed, we advise guardians of their duties and responsibilities, ensuring compliance with legal obligations and acting in the best interests of the ward. In cases involving contested guardianship or disputes over the appointment of a guardian, we provide diligent representation to protect the interests of our client.

Our goal is to facilitate the establishment of guardianship arrangements that promote the welfare and protection of vulnerable individuals. If you are considering guardianship for a loved one or require legal assistance with guardianship matters, please contact us for a consultation.

Order of Protection:

An order of protection is a legal document issued by the court to protect individuals from abuse, harassment, or threats by another person. Our firm provides empathetic and effective representation for clients seeking or defending against orders of protection.

We assist clients in filing petitions for orders of protection, helping them navigate the legal process and present evidence of abuse or harassment to support their case. Our experienced attorneys represent clients in court hearings related to orders of protection, advocating for the issuance or denial of the order based on the circumstances of the case. We provide legal guidance to individuals seeking to enforce existing orders of protection or defend against allegations of violating such orders. In urgent situations involving imminent danger, we help clients obtain emergency orders of protection to ensure immediate safety.

If you are in need of protection from domestic violence, harassment, or threats, or if you are facing allegations of misconduct that could result in an order of protection, PPGMR is here to provide dedicated legal support. Contact us today for a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and explore your legal options.

Marriage-Related Contracts:

A premarital agreement, often referred to as a prenuptial agreement or “prenup,” is a legal contract entered into by individuals before marriage to outline the rights and responsibilities of each spouse regarding property, assets, debts, and other financial matters in the event of divorce or death. Our firm provides comprehensive premarital agreement services to help couples protect their assets and plan for the future. A premarital agreement can provide peace of mind and clarity for couples entering into marriage, allowing them to address financial matters upfront and minimize potential conflicts in the future. If you are considering a prenuptial agreement or have questions about how it can benefit you, please contact us for a consultation to discuss your options.

A postnuptial agreement is a legal contract entered into by married couples after marriage to address financial and property matters in the event of divorce or death. Similar to premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements outline the rights and responsibilities of each spouse regarding assets, debts, and other financial issues. Our firm provides skilled guidance and drafting services for couples interested in creating postnuptial agreements. A postnuptial agreement can serve as an effective tool for couples to clarify financial expectations and protect their interests during marriage. If you are considering a postnuptial agreement or have questions about how it can benefit you and your spouse, please contact us for a consultation to discuss your options.

Contact us through our secure portal for assistance with family law matters.