Category: Family Law

Aug
23
2019

MAKING THE GRADE – BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SHARED CUSTODY

It’s that time of year again, when children head back to school.  For parents without adequate custody orders, it may also be time to head back to court.  With some advance planning for school and guidance from a lawyer about your legal responsibilities, it is possible to make the grade as A+ parents with a […]

Jun
20
2019

MEDIATION OF DIVORCE AND CUSTODY CASES

Spouses and parents who are separating often use mediation as a method of resolving potential legal disputes.  Mediation is an informal process through which an impartial, third party mediator works with the former couple to resolve their disagreements together instead of letting the judge decide their case.  Mediators do not make decisions like a judge, […]

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
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 […]