Family Law Attorney with offices in Philadelphia & New Jersey

Family is at the heart of American life. Family law is the means by which families survive or avoid turmoil to secure the future. Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC secures the future for American families by providing reliable and authoritative practical counsel today.

Our primary purpose in any aspect of family law is to help our clients evaluate the available legal options to make wise and realistic decisions about the direction they wish to take. Life will go on. Our clients get to the best possible future by taking charge of their situation.

Recognized Family Law Attorneys

Recognized Family Law Attorneys

Recognized Family Law Attorneys

What Clients Say About Us

I'm shocked at how fast this whole process happened. Petrelli Previtera Schimmel was able to make an offer to my spouse and negotiate a deal so that I could see my kids and settle all of our property disputes. I really thought this was going to be a long drawn out process, but they got the job done. I really don't know how to thank him enough.- A Divorce Client
This firm is very good. They gave me good advice and so far I’ll still have custody of my grandchildren and with his help I shall maintain that custody. Superior.- A Family Law Client, Philadelphia, PA
Petrelli Previtera Schimmel worked with me on case and they were great. You can tell they cared by how quickly they returned my calls. Even if Mr. Petrelli was unavailable to assist me, his associate was there to answer my questions. I am very happy with their work and their rates are reasonable. If you need a family lawyer, these are the guys to go to.- Client, Delaware County, PA

Here’s How Our Family Law Attorney Can Help

How We Help

Family law covers many issues depending upon the status and stage of life the family is in. Many think of us as divorce lawyers, but while we’ve helped thousands successfully manage the end of their marriage, we’re equally active in a diverse range of legal issues.

We can get through this together. Learn more taking the next step in your divorce or family issues.

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Meet the Partners

Dedicated to providing our clients outstanding value and service in family law.

Thomas J. Petrelli, Jr.

Thomas Petrelli

Tom is dedicated to helping all kinds of families thrive despite the legal and financial difficulties that arise from divorce, child custody disputes, and domestic violence. For his successes and outstanding advocacy, he has received several national and peer-reviewed awards over the past decade.

Melinda Previtera


In addition to her commitment to building strong relationships with each of her clients, Melinda has the confidence and knowledge to successfully handle the most complicated family law cases. As partner of the firm, she is the attorney team lead and has the role of mentor for the firm’s associates.