Category: Family Law

Dec
18
2017

PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY – New Restrictions to Protect Privacy

On January 6, 2018, the new Public Access Policy rule will go into effect in Pennsylvania to limit the personal information contained in court files accessible to the public. It is likely to have significant impact in family law cases like divorce and custody, where attorneys and individuals representing themselves will be required to exclude […]

Sep
29
2016

Cohabitation Agreement – Avoiding the Vows

Couples often have lengthy periods of cohabitation without making plans to marry. When individuals anticipate avoiding the vows of marriage in favor of living together with a less formal relationship, it is still possible to clarify the terms by which financial responsibilities will be shared with a cohabitation agreement. In contrast, individuals with a clear […]

Aug
05
2016

Surrogacy Law: How important is the surrogate contract?

Modern advances in scientific means of assisted reproduction (surrogate) have allowed prospective, wanna-be-parents to have children in new ways that we would not have imagined when we were children ourselves, but has the law kept up with the progress? In the recent case of In Re Baby S., 2015 PA Super 244, Pennsylvania Superior Court […]

Mar
03
2016

Custody Agreement – Be Careful What you Bargain For

A self-imposed financial penalty in a custody agreement was recently upheld by the Superior Court against a father who had agreed to pay damages for seeking a modification of his own child custody schedule. In the matter of Huss v. Weaver, 2016 Pa. Super. 24, the Court held that the father’s custody agreement to pay […]

Jan
04
2016

DO YOU HAVE CUSTODY OF YOUR GRANDCHILD?

Many Grandparents take over the role of custodians when their sons and daughters are incapable of taking care of their own children. Even if it is only temporary, there are legal ways to ensure that your grandchildren are safe and secure in your care when you are their primary caretaker. What do you need to […]

Jul
22
2014

Pennsylvania Federal court declares same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional

On May 20, 2014, the Honorable John E. Jones III, a U.S. Federal District Court Judge in Pennsylvania, ruled that the statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Since 1996, Pennsylvania law prevented two people of the same sex from marrying and prohibited the recognition of civil unions and same-sex marriages performed in other states. […]