Susan E. Murray

Firm Overview

Compassionate attorney helping Pennsylvania families for more than 30 years.
Since 1986, Susan E. Murray, with offices in Media, Pennsylvania, has served families in Delaware and Chester Counties in matters of divorce, equitable distribution, and child custody and support. I have a long track record of success mediating and litigating resolutions to family disputes in a fair and equitable manner. Informed by more than 30 years of experience in the financial, legal and personal dynamics of divorce, I can guide you through the often emotional and painful experience of divorce towards a realistic outcome that sustains your material and psychological resources. Especially when children are involved, I work to resolve your dispute fairly and amicably without resorting to court. In cases where there is no alternative to litigation, I fight vigorously to protect your interests.

Attention to the financial and emotional needs of every client.
As a former therapist, I understand the emotional burdens as well as the financial costs of family law issues. My approach to your case involves:
Individual attention I recognize that each client has unique financial and emotional needs and limits, and I work diligently to protect your interests in relation to your personal situation. If I believe counseling would be helpful, I recommend this to you. I keep you focused on your goals and help you achieve them as you work through the often arduous process of divorce.
Mediation -- In the interest of reducing the time, stress and cost of divorce, it is often beneficial to pursue a settlement without litigation. Mediation encourages cooperation in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. I skillfully negotiate to help you obtain an equitable settlement and healthy and fair child custody and support arrangement.
Devotion -- If it is necessary to pursue litigation in order to reach a just settlement, I am devoted to using my experience to develop compelling trial strategies and fight through the adversarial litigation process to achieve a successful resolution to your case.
Experienced attorney serving clients in various aspects of family law.
I can help you protect your interests and achieve a fair and equitable settlement in the various areas of family law:
Divorce As a former therapist with knowledge derived from more than 30 years of experience in divorce work, I approach your case with understanding and compassion and work to resolve your disputes effectively.
Equitable distribution Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, so property spouses obtain in their name alone can be divided fairly in divorce. I have the knowledge of and familiarity with Pennsylvania property laws to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
Child Custody & Support I am committed to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy and safe environment, and I work towards a cordial mediation and arrangement whenever this is possible. In the event it is not, I have the experience to secure your rights in litigation.

Interviewed on CNN - Child Support Debit Fees
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/26/debit.fees/#cnnSTCVideo

Other specialties in family law include:
Adoption
Alimony
Grandparents Rights
Spousal Support
Domestic Violence

Contact a dedicated Pennsylvania family law attorney.
Call Susan E. Murray today at 610-565-5300 to schedule a consultation, or contact me online.
Main Office
Main Office
300 West State Street, Suite 108
Media  PA  19063
Phone
  • (610) 565-5300
Fax
  • (610) 565-7292
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
$100.00 consultation fee
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
No-fault Divorce with no other issues, such as equitable distribution, support or child custody.
Family
Experienced Media, Pennsylvania divorce attorney, practicing primarily in Delaware County and Chester County, PA.
The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets. Susan E. Murray has more than 30 years of experience in divorce law. I consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:

Child custody and visitation rights
Child support
Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
Division of marital debts
Sale or possession of the marital home
Spousal support and temporary support
Alimony

Effective family law mediator
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce and puts the decisions in your hands. With my experience in negotiation, I can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement and healthy child custody arrangement.

Skilled family law litigator
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family's disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, I successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. I am prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable trial outcome.

Contact a Pennsylvania family law attorney.
Call Susan E. Murray in Media, Pennsylvania at 610-565-5300 to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney, or contact me online.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As a former therapist, I chose the area of family law, believing that my background of dealing with the emotional aspects of divorce and related family law issues, would be beneficial to clients.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

I am a former mental health therapist, which gives me insight into the emotional burdens felt by clients going through a divorce or family law situation.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Divorce and family law problems can be unsettling and emotionally difficult. My goal is to help you through the legal process with a steady hand and excellent legal service. I am also aware of the costs of family law cases, both financial and emotional. There are times when the financial costs outweigh the emotional costs, and other times when the emotional costs outweigh the financial costs. I will help you determine what approach to your case is right for you. If it is best to settle a case, I will honestly give you settlement advice and work to reach a fair settlement. If litigation is the only option, I will be well prepared for court. If I don't think that I am the right person to handle your case, I will steer you in the right direction. If you are thinking of representing yourself, I will explain what you need to consider in making that decision.

As a former therapist, and having been through the divorce process personally, I understand how difficult your family law case can be for you. Even if you are the one who begins the case, you may have mixed feelings about the process. My goal is to help you resolve you case, keeping in mind both the personal and financial cost.

Finally, I always remember that you are more than a client, you are my employer, and I will care about your well being. Every case will receive my personal attention. I have made a deliberate decision to not hire associates. If you hire me, I will be the one representing you. I will not send anyone else to court with you. I will personally respond to your phone calls and emails.

Susan E. Murray

Position
Principal

Admission Details
Admitted in 1986, Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Law School Attended
Temple University School of Law, Class of 1985, J.D.

University Attended
Pennsylvania State University. Class of 1974, B.S.
Temple University, Class of 1981, M.Ed.

Associations & Memberships
Delaware County (Member, Family Law Committee) Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association

Birthplace
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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