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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
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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
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Family Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
Member
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Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
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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. As a father do I have the right to see my children if there's no custody. Arrangement?
A: Yes. If the Mother is not allowing you to see your children, I would suggest filing a custody complaint to obtain a custody order; this will provide you with set days/times to exercise custody. Please feel free to visit my website to learn 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. I live in PA, my ex-wife is threatening to sue me for alimony, we have been divorced for 15 years. Is that possible?
A: In PA all claims for alimony must be brought prior to the entry of the divorce decree. If your divorce has already been finalized, your ex wife does not have a valid claim for alimony. Please feel free to review the information about support on my website. http://www.pafamilylawyers.com/Spousal-Support-APL-Alimony/ Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. My fiance' is claiming her daughter on her income tax, her ex husband said she would owe him what he would get back.
A: Generally the parent who has primary custody may claim the child on their income taxes. In Pennsylvania there is no hard and fast rule as to which parent may claim a child when there is 50/50 custody. If the party's cannot agree, they will have to motion the court to make the decision for them. Please feel free to visit my blog for information on federal income taxation as it relates to Family Law in Pa. https://www.pafamilylawyers.com/blog/2013/06/basics-of-federal-income-taxation-related-to-pa-family-law.shtml Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. No custody order, trying a parenting plan, will the court take it into consideration?
A: Presuming he is agreeable to sign off on the terms of the agreement, I would suggest filing a custody consent order through your local court. Once both parties and the judge signs the order, it will be a legally binding document. Our attorneys always remind parents that schedules that are agreed upon by both parties are often what's best for the family. We urge our clients to keep in mind that the judges don't know their family like they do, so sometimes it makes the most sense to negotiate a schedule with your spouse and memorialize the details in a Consent Order of Court for custody. Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire www.pafamilylawyers.com
Q. if my 14 year old step daughter requests to live with us (her father and me) will the court allow it?
A: Possibly. Pennsylvania courts may take into consideration "the well-reasoned preference of the child, based on the child's maturity and judgment," however this is only 1 of 16 factors examined by the court when determining custody. 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. Non-biological father seeking visitation rights
A: It is possible he may qualify for in loco parentis standing to file an action for visitation. A person may be found to stand in loco parentis to a child when they have taken on parental responsibilities and duties with the consent of the biological parent. Please feel free to read my blog on in loco parentis law in PA. http://www.pafamilylawyers.com/blog/2017/11/exploring-in-loco-parentis-law-in-pennsylvania.shtml
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
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
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