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Lisa Marie Vari

Lisa Marie Vari

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence...
  • Florida, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Divorce and other family law problems do not need to devastate you financially or ruin your relationship with your children.

Our office offers a free initial telephone appointment. Detailed, client specific consultations are also available. Call my office toll-free at 1-844-VARI-LAW (1-844-827-4529) or our main office in Pittsburgh at 412-281-9906 to learn how we can help you resolve your family law or divorce issues.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial 15 minute telephone appointment.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    .Call our office toll-free at 1-844-VARI-LAW (1-844-827-4529) or locally at 412-281-9906 to learn about our fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Partner - Lawyer
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
- Current
Family law firm with offices located in Pittsburgh, Cranberry Township, Canonsburg and Clearfield, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida. Office limits its practice to family law issues in Pennsylvania and Florida including divorce, child and spousal support, alimony, paternity, equitable distribution, child custody, grandparents rights, adoption, juvenile law, domestic violence, surrogacy contracts, and related issues.
Judicial Law Clerk, Judge Max Baer
Family Division, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
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Assisted Administrative Judge of Family Division in resolution of cases before the Court involving divorce, support, custody, paternity, and related issues.
Legal Intern
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Ralph Cappy
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Assisted Judicial Law Clerks in researching and drafting opinions on behalf of the late Justice.
Education
Duquesne University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Member, Law Review Scheib Memorial Scholarship
Activities: Teaching Assistant for Legal Research & Writing course; Appellate Tax Moot Court Competition - 1st Place; Member, Moot Court Boart, Law Library Student Assistant
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.A. | Legal Studies
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Honors: Dean's List (every semester); Golden Key National Honor Society
Activities: Academic Tutor for Student-Athletes
Awards
PA Family Law Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Nominated by attorney peers as PA Super Lawyer in the family law area.
Family Law & Divorce Lead Counsel Rating
Lead Counsel
PA Family Law Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Nominated and endorsed by fellow attorneys as PA Super Lawyer in Family Law field.
Divorce & Family Law Lead Counsel Rating
Lead Counsel
PA Family Law Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Named as PA Super Lawyer in Family Law field. Nomination and award based upon peer recognition.
Family Law & Divorce Lead Counsel Rating
Lead Counsel
PA Family Law Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Family Law. Award based upon peer nomination and recognition.
Divorce & Family Law Lead Counsel rating
Lead Counsel
Winner, Appellate Tax Moot Court Competition
Duquesne University School of Law
Scheib Memorial Scholarship
Duquesne University School of Law
Academic Scholarship
Member, Law Review
Duquesne University School of Law
Membership granted to top 20% of class.
Professional Associations
Military & Veterans Affair Section, Allegheny County Bar Assoc.
Member
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Military & Veterans Affairs Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
- Current
Family Law Section, Florida Bar Association
Member
- Current
Florida Bar
Member
- Current
United States Supreme Court Bar
Member
- Current
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
- Current
Family Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Doubting Dads Prompt Paternity Test Trend
Tribune Review
Mother's Rights Upheld over Grandparents
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Fit Parent Wins Over Grandparents
PA Superior Court
Speaking Engagements
Collaborative Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Miami, FL
Collaborative Family Law Institute
Certifications
Florida Family Law Mediator
Florida Supreme Court
Collaborative Family Law Attorney
Collaborative Family Law Institute
Legal Answers
110 Questions Answered

Q. Can a parent take your child out of state against your will if there is no custody agreement set up through the court
A: Legally, no. In Pennsylvania, a parent considering moving with their child(ren) must give formal notice to the non-relocating parent. The non-relocating parent may object to the move. If he or she does object, the court will intervene. A hearing is then conducted in a Pennsylvania court. The purpose of this hearing is to determine whether the parent is permitted by the court to move their minor children. Please feel free to read my blog on relocation, linked below. http://www.pafamilylawyers.com/blog/2015/01/pennsylvania-law-regarding-relocation-with-a-minor-child.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. If a parent gives up rights to the father and has certain days shes to see child, do we still go through with filing?
A: If you are able to come to an agreement, you can file a consent order through your local court outlining the visitation schedule. This is not a necessary step if there are no custody disagreements between yourself and the child's mother, but if you foresee any conflict with her it wouldn't be a bad idea to already have an order in place. Please feel free to visit my website for more information on filing for custody in PA: https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Child-Custody/PA-Child-Custody-Court.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. My child's mother is mentally unstable and I have proof,I want full custody how do i go about doing so?
A: To start you must figure out which state has jurisdiction over the matter. Jurisdiction is usually proper where the child has been residing for the past 6 consecutive months, so it sounds like that may be New Jersey in your case. If so, you will need to file for custody through the New Jersey courts and all matters will be litigated there unless they relinquish jurisdiction. Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. I am currently in Pennsylvania my daughter is 9 years old, Her father is in Puerto Rico I left when she was 1 years old
A: In custody court the judge will look to the 16 custody factors and decide what is in the best interest of the child. Included in those factors is the abuse of alcohol or drugs, so his history will be considered in a custody case. He will likely be entitled to some kind of relationship with your child; the question is whether you have sufficient evidence to prove you believe he may be harmful and therefore limit his contact to supervised visitation. That being said, it is also common for the court to order reunification counseling prior to commencing a visitation schedule if the child and parent have been apart for a significant amount of time. If you receive a complaint for custody you should contact an experienced family law attorney to decide the best course of action for your situation. Please feel free to visit my website to learn more about the factors PA judges take into consideration in custody cases. http://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Child-Custody/Determining-Custody-in-PA.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. When does i stop paying child support my child will be 19 on feb 6 2018 in 11 grade and being home school. Please help
A: In Pennsylvania, child support is generally payable until a child reaches eighteen years old or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. A support obligation may continue, however, when a child has special needs. You must file a request for a hearing to determine if modification of the support order is appropriate. Until a petition for modification is filed with the family court and a new court order is entered, the parent paying support is required to continue making payments as outlined in the existing support court order. Please feel free to visit my website for more information on filing a support modification in Pennsylvania. https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Child-Support/Modifying-Enforcing-Child-Support.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. How long after giving birth , will I be able to file for child support in Pennsylvania?
A: You can file at any time after the child is born. Support payments are retroactive to the date of filing, so generally the sooner you file, the better. Please feel free to visit my website for more information on filing for child support in Pennsylvania. https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Child-Support/PA-Child-Support-Office.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. Hello i just found out my daughter is pregnant do i still have to pay child support for her.
A: In Pennsylvania, child support is payable until a child reaches eighteen years old or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. The fact that she is pregnant does not negate your obligation to pay child support. Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. No property division during divorce v2.0
A: It all depends on what the deed says. If their name is on the deed, they are still part owner of the home. The fact that you have been living there and paying the mortgage etc. is irrelevant. Conversely, if their name is only on the mortgage and not the deed, they do not own any interest in the home (but are still on the hook financially to the lender). Equitable distribution, or the division of marital assets and debts in Pennsylvania must be completed prior to the entry of a divorce decree or the claim is lost. As your decree was entered in 2017, you are no longer entitled to divide this property through the equitable distribution process. Please feel free to visit my website for more information on property division in a Pennsylvania divorce. https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Property-and-Debt-Division/ Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. Can I request for child support modification if my son turns 18 in September?
A: In Pennsylvania, child support is payable until a child reaches eighteen years old or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. So even though your child is turning 18, the support obligation will not be terminated if your son is still in school. In any event, you may file for a modification anytime there has been a change in circumstances (e.g., father's increase in income). Also important to note is the fact that a support modification will only be retroactive to the date of filing. Therefore, it is important to file sooner than later to avoid missing out on payments you may have otherwise been entitled to. Please feel free to visit my website for more information on filing a support modification in Pennsylvania. https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Child-Support/Modifying-Enforcing-Child-Support.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
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