A divorce is a life-altering event. Unlike almost any other legal matter, during a divorce proceeding emotions are heightened and can lead to poor decisions on the part of both parties involved.

This is when the objective views of an attorney can be your best asset. It’s already overwhelming for you – let us take care of the details and fight for what you deserve. Joel Dresbold is an expert divorce attorneys and he will negotiate and draft every aspect of your divorce agreement. You are going through enough, don’t try to do this on your own.


Separation can be traumatic on family, and children often bear the brunt of the stress. Subsequent child custody battles between you and your ex can prolong the discomfort and be devastating for a child.

Joel Dresbold understands that you want to see your children settled and receiving the best possible care. There’s no place better for this than at home with you, and he will help you prove it. Attorney Dresbold has handled hundreds of child custody disputes and he is eager to help you and your children.

If you are seeking to obtain or solidify custody of your children, we will help you to prove before a judge that you are the right parent to be the primary custodian. The law grants custody in the best interests of the child, and we will help prove to a judge that your home is the best environment for your children to lead normal, healthy lives.

Child Support

Joel Dresbold is recognized as a child support expert in Allegheny County. He has been appointed by the court to represent nearly 1,000 clients in child support actions. He is your best chance at getting the right amount of support, and making sure that you get paid. He is very familiar with contempt procedures and will be able to answer any of your support questions.

Protection from Abuse (PFA)

In Pennsylvania an alleged victim of abuse can get a temporary protective order ex parte. This means that a person can get a court order against you without you ever getting notice. They must then serve you with notice and you may get a chance to respond before the order becomes permanent. If you have been served with a notice of a Protection from Abuse action, you must act quickly, or risk permanently losing rights. These rights include custody, support, alimony, the right to enter on your property, and the ability to frequent certain businesses. Having a PFA against you will also weaken your position in a pending divorce, custody, or support action. The person seeking the PFA is provided a lawyer, you are not.

Don’t start out as an underdog. We can challenge the legitimacy of a PFA claim and protect your interest in the things you care about most.