Mar
04
2019

PATERNITY:  A FATHER’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

When a child is born to unmarried parents, the hospital or other “birthing center” must provide the birth parents with an opportunity to sign an acknowledgment of paternity, with an explanation of the parental rights and duties associated with the acknowledgment.  If an acknowledgment is not signed, a court may determine a man to be […]

  • By: Judith Homan
  • Filed Under: Custody
Feb
05
2019

Important Change for the Upcoming H1-B Visa Season

For those employers wishing to employ foreign nationals in a specialty occupation under the H1-B temporary nonimmigrant visa program, applications can be submitted on April 1, 2019 for employees to start on October 1, 2019.  Since there are more applications submitted than available visas, a random selection is made from the eligible applicants received.  According […]

Jan
14
2019

GRANDPARENTS AND THIRD-PARTY CUSTODY RIGHTS

When parents are unavailable or unable to take care of their own children, it is up to family such as grandparents and friends to step in and help.   The law in Pennsylvania has changed again to make it easier for others to have the legal right to get custody of children who are not their […]

Jan
04
2019

CHANGES TO FAMILY LAW IN 2019

There are a number of changes to relevant laws and state rules that can affect how Pennsylvania family law cases are handled in 2019. The new year may bring new ways of thinking about your ongoing or upcoming divorce and custody matters. Tax consequences of alimony: The most talked-about change was announced early last year.  […]

Dec
20
2018

“Clean Slate” for Christmas- Sealing of Criminal Convictions

On December 26, 2018, the Clean Slate Act will provide the ability to petition for an order of limited access for convictions of misdemeanors and other ungraded offenses which are punishable by up to five years’imprisonment.  The person must be conviction-free for at least ten years, and must have paid all court fees and fines.  […]

Dec
06
2018

TURNING A “PAPER STREET” INTO PAPER DEED: DO YOU OWN ADJOINING PROPERTY AND NOT EVEN REALIZE IT?

Do you have rights to a paper street that would entitle you to ownership of an adjoining property and not even realize it? With the rise to prominence of subdivisions in developing areas, such as State College, comes a plethora of unique legal issues. In particular, the law has been asked to deal with not […]