At Fastman Family Law, we provide effective, efficient, and compassionate representation with a client-centered approach. We will advise and guide you throughout your case, will provide you with the support and resources you need to navigate your circumstances, and will help empower you to make the best decisions for you and your family. If amicable settlement is not possible, we will zealously and aggressively fight for your rights in court.
Alicia has more than 10 years of experience exclusively practicing family law and is knowledgeable, effective, and efficient in her representation. She is responsive, compassionate, and clear when communicating with her clients. Alicia builds relationships with her clients and takes time to get to know each one to best understand their goals, concerns, and personal circumstances.
Alicia graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and earned her Juris Doctor at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE.
Alicia has been selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Today Magazine in the areas of Family Law and Divorce, has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption, Trial, and Litigation in the Delaware County Daily Times, and has been selected as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine.
Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.
Melissa is an experienced family law practitioner with a direct, caring approach and a dedication to zealously and effectively representing her clients.
Melissa graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 (Go Hoos!) with a double major in Sociology and Foreign Affairs. After working for several years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., she attended Villanova University School of Law and graduated in 2010. After law school, Melissa clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Parisi at the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.
Melissa resides in Montgomery County with her husband, son and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys audiobooks, barbeques, and watching action movies.
Whether your case is resolved through a Property Settlement Agreement or whether litigation for Equitable Distribution is needed, having an understanding of the laws and procedures of divorce is important so you can navigate each step of your case in an informed manner. We can help with any divorce matter from uncontested no-fault divorces to complex, contested cases.
Understanding custody laws and court procedure and being informed throughout your custody case can help minimize stress and can help you focus your energy and attention on your children. We can help with any custody matter including cases involving relocation, grandparents' or third party rights, emergency custody, legal custody, shared custody, primary custody, partial custody, sole custody, or any other issue relating to the custody of a child.
In Pennsylvania, child support and spousal support are determined by guidelines set forth by the state which are based on income, custodial schedules, and other relevant information. Alimony is a form of spousal support which takes effect after a divorce is finalized and is based on a number of statutory factors. We can help with any support matter including child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite (APL), and alimony.
Whether you are in need of protection for you or your children, or you are the alleged abuser in a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case, it is important to understand the PFA process and have competent legal counsel to guide you through your case. We can help with any Protection from Abuse matter.
Signing a Prenuptial Agreement before you get married can save you the stress, time, and cost of a contentious divorce process and can ensure that your assets are protected in the event of divorce. We can help with any Prenuptial Agreement whether it is simple and designed only to dictate the distribution of marital property in the event of divorce or whether it is complicated and designed to protect complex assets in the event of divorce.
If your family is seeking to make a parent/child relationship official between a child and the step-parent who raised them, if you're a same sex couple needing to ensure that both of your child's parents have parental rights, or you have any other circumstance requiring adoption by a step-parent, we can be of help.
Courts can terminate the parental rights of a person under certain circumstances clearing the way for the child to be adopted. If you are seeking to terminate the rights of a child's parent, or if you are facing termination of your parental rights, we can help.