Helen E. Casale
Divorce Law - Norristown, PA

When I meet with clients for the first time, I am always interested about where they are in the process - of their marriage, of their relationship, or their life. Some come to me in complete shock: They've been served with a divorce complaint, out of the blue. Or, they simply come forward and say, I've been having an affair, I'm done.

In every case I look to teach my clients about what they are likely to face, how the law applies to their situation. I work to get them comfortable with the legal process. If I don't do that, the lawyer-client relationship simply isn't going to work.

Of course I start by looking to resolve disputes and differences in an amicable fashion. That's not always possible, but you start from the point of constructive intentions. And it's my job to understand the trade-offs. I don't promise the world, and no lawyer should.

A lot has been written about Collaborative Law these days. While I certainly approach all my cases in a collaborative fashion, I am not a strict Collaborative Law attorney - which is to say, I am always willing to litigate in court on behalf of my client when it's agreed that it is in their best interest.

Hangley Aronchick has been very supportive of our practice based here in Norristown. We have a degree of independence, but at the same time we can draw on the resources of the firm's deep legal talent, across many disciplines. What's more, I first began my career in New Jersey, and about 30% of my cases are still there. I receive a lot of referrals from lawyers I have practiced and worked with over the years, and I am referred cases from the LGBT community as well.

Like every marriage, same-sex marriage involves a variety of tough issues, not least of which is second-parent adoption. Partners want to legalize their situation - with their property, with their home, with their children. I help them navigate all of that.

And in any divorce, you want to achieve what's equitable and fair. Partition actions allow you to divide property in a civil court. I have a lot of experience in that area. Many cases, too, involve custody of young children. Same-sex couples are no different in their feelings and many of their emotions - but now, under the law, there are different burdens of proof. The matter of standing is more difficult to prove when there is one non-legal parent.

The laws governing custody of children - and the co-ownership of property - are similar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but the procedure process is different. I've developed my practice, though, in both venues.

As a lawyer you have to think creatively to resolve issues of custody and property, in any divorce. But to me, that's what being a good lawyer is all about.

I got into family law because I loved the feeling of helping change my clients' lives -- in a positive way. That's a great feeling, that feeling that I am doing some good.

Helen E. Casale
"I got into family law because I loved the feeling of helping change my clients' lives -- in a positive way. That's a great feeling, that feeling that I am doing some good. "
Phone: (610) 313-1672
Fax: (610) 313-1689
 
 
Education
Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA, 1990, BA, cum laude
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ, J.D., 1994
 
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