Rebecca A Myers

Rebecca A Myers

Domestic Relations Litigation, Mediation, and Collaboration
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania
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Summary

I have had an interest in helping families and individuals navigate the difficult issues of separation, divorce, support and custody since long before I began practicing family law. I have found in the more than a decade I have been practicing family law, that litigation, and the adversarial process, is not for everyone. In an effort to meet the needs of my clients, I completed a mediation training approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution, focused specifically on Family Conflict mediation. In family law mediation, instead of going to Court and relying upon the rulings of a Judge or Hearing Officer, the parties jointly retain a mediator, who assists them in working towards a solution to their domestic relations matters. I am also a certified collaborative attorney capable of assisting clients through the collaborative process and I am a member of CLASP and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. In the collaborative process, the parties agree from the beginning that they won’t go to Court. Rather, the parties' work with attorneys, mental health professionals, financial planners & others to facilitate an amicable resolution of their issues. While not for everyone, for the right individuals, mediation or collaborative law can be a faster and more cost effective means of resolving their personal matters, assuming that they are committed to working towards a solution. Regardless of whether my client wishes to pursue litigation, mediation or collaboration, I strive to be sensitive to their needs and attentive to their requests. I believe that my role as an attorney is to bring a level of transparency to the legal system. My clients should not only know what is going on in their case, but should be comfortable that they understand what each step is and what that means in real world terms. If you are looking for that type of representation, please feel free to contact me.?

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Areas
  • Custody
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation
  • Support
  • Prenuptial Agreements
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
Gentile Horoho & Avalli
- Current
Attorney
Gentile Horoho & Avalli
- Current
Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D. (2004)
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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
B.S. (2001) | Psychology
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Awards
Super Lawyer Rising Star
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Super Lawyer Rising Star
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Super Lawyer Rising Star
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Super Lawyer Rising Star
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Award for Excellence in Family Law
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Awarded to top law student in family law upon graduation
Professional Associations
CLASP
Membership Chair
- Current
ACBA
Member
- Current
State Bar of Pennsylvania # 93341
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Which Home for the Holidays
Rebecca Myers
But what if we cant agree? - School Choice Edition
www.uncouplingpittsburgh.com
School Choice?
www.uncouplingpittsburgh.com
Same-Sex Marriage – Now We Know a Little More
www.uncouplingpittsburgh.com
Grandparents Rights: Wrong?
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Vacation (custody) All I Ever Wanted
Rebecca Myers
Making Ours Mine – Division of Assets in Pennsylvania
Rebecca Myers
Should I Stay or Should i go Now
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Certifications
Collaboratively Trained Attorney
CLASP
Mediator - divorce and family
Association for Conflict Resolution
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. My husband left me over 9 years ago. How do I get a divorce from him with us being in different countries?
A: If he is willing to cooperate in the divorce process and does not want to have any other issues addressed either, then it would not be terribly complicated. However, if he will not agree you will likely need an attorney to assist you in getting permission to serve him specially at the very least.
Q. I have retroactive arrears on child support but received notice of refund offset. Is this a mistake? I'm not delinquent.
A: While it really shouldn't be the case, even arrears due to retroactivity can trigger refund intercepts and other collection actions if the amount is high. You or your counsel should try contacting donestic relations to see why the intercept was issued and if there is anything that can be done under the circumstances
Q. Can I change the locks on the house so my husband can't come in?
A: It depends. If you are co owners of the residence, the short answer is no. He has every bit as much right to be in the home as you do if you both own it. However, there is a right in PA to seek an order of exclusive possession which would bad him from entering the home and allow you to change the locks. However, a divorce complaint must be filed to request exclusive possession and that will impact other rights. You should consult with an attorney to find out how.
Q. Is filing papers the only thing I can do?
A: you need to file for custody right away and file an emergency Motion for an interim custody order. You need to speak with an attorney right away. Without an Order of Court to the contrary, he is free to pick the children up or otherwise exercise custody of the children. You should retain a lawyer right away to address the situation though the Courts.
Q. Can my son's father take him without my knowledge and leave state?
A: It depends. If there is not a custody order in place and the two of you do not have a written custody agreement, then he is able to travel with your child just as you would be able to travel with your child without his permission (barring any federal rules regarding international travel that may affect your ability to do so. ) Typically, a custody order or agreement will address the partie' rights to travel with the children. Typically they include provisions that state how long a party may go out of town for a vacation, what information the have to proved to the other parent about their travel plans, and how much notice they must give t o the other side prior to travelling. You many want to pursue such an order or agreement through counsel.
Q. One of the punishments my ex put my son through was making him stand in the corner naked. Is that enough to call CPS?
A: That is a very concerning form of punishment. not knowing any more about the situation it is difficult to be certain, but that sounds inappropriate and if you are concerned for your child's safety while in his father's care you should contact cyf and/or your local PFA office.
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Gentile Horoho & Avalli
310 Grant Street, Suite 1000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
USA
Telephone: (412) 261-9900
GHA Cranberry
20421 Route 19, Suite 310
Cranberry Twp., PA 16006
USA
Telephone: (412) 261-9900
Fax: (412) 261-7100