Family Law, Divorce and Custody

McEldrew Young Partner Brandon Lauria has represented clients in divorce and custody litigation for the last decade.

Philadelphia Family Law Lawyers

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt represents clients throughout Philadelphia and the four surrounding counties in a wide-ranging family law practice, including serving as lawyer to clients needing representation in a divorce, separation, annulment, custody dispute, support hearing or domestic abuse.

Partner Brandon Lauria has helped individuals and families with family law issues since the beginning of his career as an attorney. He has advocated fiercely for his clients at the same time that he recognizes what they may need the most is expert counsel behind the scenes to set appropriate expectations based upon his decade of family law experience.

Our Family Law Practice


As a divorce lawyer in Southeastern PA for the last decade, Brandon has helped many clients through one of the most difficult and stressful times in their life. From splitting marital property to child custody issues, Brandon both guides and advocates his clients throughout the process. Brandon understands that cost is a concern for many individuals and will both explain up front the expense of his services as well as keep in close contact about fees for action throughout the process. He will also take measures to avoid legal expenses when it does not sacrifice your case.

Child Custody and Support

In child custody and support litigation, we attempt to advocate for both the best interest of the children as well as the parent. Our first goal is to negotiate an agreement between the parties that offers a reasonable resolution of issues related to custody, decision-making authority, and child support. If that is not possible, we advocate forcefully for our clients and their kids in litigation. Child support is calculated based on guidelines regarding the parties’ income, number of children, time spent with the children, and other factors. Brandon has helped many clients receive equitable settlements under the guidelines. When a spouse has fallen behind on paying child support obligations, Brandon advocates vigorously for the rights of his client and the children to ensure that they are legally protected.

Spousal Support and Alimony

Pennsylvania law provides for financial support of a spouse and ex-spouse both during the litigation and afterwards. The calculation of the amount owed or entitled can be complex and subjective. Whether you are looking to avoid or receive support, Brandon can help you attempt to achieve a fair and equitable resolution.

Protection From Abuse

It is important to have an experienced litigator on your side whether you are seeking to prosecute or defend a PFA. A protection from abuse order (more commonly called a “PFA”) is designed to limit contact between two parties based on actual or threatened physical abuse. If a defendant violates a PFA, he or she may be subject to criminal penalties including imprisonment. A PFA may be imposed for up to three years and can be subject to renewal.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Working as a family law lawyer involves helping clients through a number of tough and unpleasant matters. Seeing a client married is not one of those issues fortunately. Yet, it is important for couples to discuss financial issues up front in order to save time and money later if things sour. A pre-nuptial agreement is tailored to the specific circumstances and concerns of the parties regarding their pre-marital property, income and debt. Brandon helps his client’s interests through assistance negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement while understanding that no one wants to start off the marriage on the wrong foot.

Our Clients

UFCW Local 1776 Members

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is designated counsel for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776. Mr. Lauria and other attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt represent their member employees in family law issues when they arise. These services are a benefit to members negotiated by the Union and are available to qualifying individuals and families at no attorney fee. We have represented hundreds of members with family law issues over the course of the past few years.

Other Clients

Our family law services are not limited to UFCW members. We represent numerous other individuals in family law issues. However, there is a fee for your initial consultation and our services (unlike eligible UFCW Local 1776 members). We apologize for the fact that there is no free consultation. Our time is valuable and too many people were looking for nothing more than free advice. If you decide to retain McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt and a flat fee is negotiated, your initial payment goes toward the flat fee.

About Brandon Lauria and McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt

Brandon Lauria is a respected member of the bar among masters and judges throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has been named by colleagues multiple times to the list of PA Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, a designation achieved by only a small percentage of the lawyers in Pennsylvania. After years of noteworthy work with Eric Young, Brandon was named a Partner at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt in 2014.  Brandon represents clients in cases in Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County and select cases in Southern New Jersey. Brandon meets clients in our offices in both Center City and Plymouth Meeting for the convenience of clients.

Call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to Brandon Lauria about a family law matter.


Partner Brandon Lauria

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