Pennsylvania Family Law Topic of the Week: The “Modern Family”

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One of the most popular television shows in recent years, Modern Family, gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of three “modern” families. The three families are a family compromised of a same-sex couple and their adopted child, a family with an older husband who is married to an immigrant and have a young child, and a family where the husband is struggling to be the bread winner he is being pressured to be. Though the show is a comedy and isn’t intended to portray real life, the composition of these “modern families” are very real. For more, keeping reading today’s blog by your Western Pennsylvania family lawyers.

Family based sitcoms in the past, like Family MattersThe Brady Bunch, and Leave it to Beaver, were all centered around what is considered a “traditional” family with a mother, a father, and children. While these shows were of course quite entertaining, they don’t give an accurate picture of family life today for many families across the country.

While the families on Modern Family may seem “different” to some viewers, to our Pennsylvania family law attorneys, these families represent the clients we see on a daily basis. It can no longer be assumed that the parents are one male and one female or that the children are all biological siblings. In today’s modern world families are extremely diverse and that needs to be taken into account when representing these families and advocating for them.

An attorney in family law practice must understand that divorce, a child custody case, or an adoption will all be very different depending on the dynamics of the family involved. A case involving a family with two mothers and an adopted child will not be the same as a case that revolves around a mother and father with two children.

Now even the “traditional” family with a mother, father, and kids, is quite different than a traditional family 20 or 30 years ago. Today we see the dynamics within the family changing as many fathers are now staying at home and the women are the bread winners. Because of this, our Pittsburgh family lawyers need do everything we can to tailor our representation to the specific and unique needs to each family we work with.

If you are facing a unique Pennsylvania family law issue, contact our attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates. No matter how “modern” or far from traditional your family might be, we are here for you. Our attorneys will work with you to come up with a plan that meets the needs of your modern family. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.