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What Are Pennsylvania’s Child Custody Relocation Laws?

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Child custody refers to legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody refers to the actual physical possession of a child. In Pennsylvania, parents can develop their own custody agreement with the help of family law mediation or the court can determine it. In many cases, both parties have physical custody rights to the child…. Read More »

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Understanding a Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

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In a fault divorce, the court grants one spouse a divorce because of some proven fault of the other spouse. Most states no longer recognize fault divorces, but Pennsylvania will grant one under certain circumstances. When Could a Pennsylvania Court Consider a Fault Divorce? Under Pennsylvania divorce statutes, a court may grant the plaintiff… Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between a Prenup and a Postnup?

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The main difference between a prenuptial and a postnuptial agreement is that a prenup comes before marriage and a postnup can be agreed upon at any time during a marriage. What Is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenup is a contractual agreement between two people before they get married. In Pennsylvania, it is legally called… Read More »

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Key Financial Issues to Consider When Filing for Divorce

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If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you might be worried about your finances. Not knowing what to expect or how to properly plan your finances in the event of divorce can cause unnecessary stress to your life. Sitting down with an experienced family law attorney who can break down these important issues… Read More »

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How Has the One-Year Separation Law Changed Pennsylvania Divorces?

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Two years ago, on Dec., 4, 2016, the Pennsylvania Legislature relaxed its “no-fault divorce law” waiting period from two years to one year for a spouse seeking to obtain a divorce without the other spouse’s consent. Over the past two years, there have been various short-term studies regarding the amended separation law. At this… Read More »

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How Did Opioids Change Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws?

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Last month, we discussed how a new bill has changed the standing of grandparents in Pennsylvania child custody cases. But did you know that the same bill also grants certain other individuals standings in custody actions as well? This change could help kids all over the state find loving homes, and the opioid epidemic… Read More »

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Why Did a Pennsylvania Mom Frame Her Son for DUI?

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When it comes to the defense of a DUI arrest, a case can often be more complicated than it first appears. This is especially true of a recent arrest in White Deer Township. A Pennsylvania mom is facing criminal charges over her son’s DUI. Did a Mother Frame Her Son for a DUI? Pennsylvania… Read More »

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How Will a New Pennsylvania Law Affect Child Custody for Grandparents?

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In recent years, the standing of grandparents when it comes to child custody has been unstable in Pennsylvania. The Child Custody Act granted elevated standing to grandparents during custody disputes, but that changed in 2016. Now, a new Pennsylvania bill is trying to fill in the gaps and correct the course when it comes… Read More »

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Could Retirement Affect Your Alimony in Pennsylvania?

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Alimony is the payment made by one spouse to another based upon either the terms of a property settlement or a divorce decree. If the alimony was figured using the property settlement, then that settlement governs any modifications or termination of the alimony. However, if alimony is asserted through a divorce decree, then modifications… Read More »

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Why Must a Writer Split a Court Settlement with His Ex-Spouse?

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Hollywood is full of interesting stories that roll out on the big screen almost every week. Take the 2013 White House thriller “Olympus Has Fallen”, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. This movie delivers a lot of action and surprises, but did you know it did the same thing in Pennsylvania Superior… Read More »

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