Has the Opioid Epidemic Changed Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws?

Has the Opioid Epidemic Changed Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws?

August 14, 2018

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 could …

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

July 7, 2018

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 to …

What’s the Difference Between Child Custody and Child Visitation?

April 14, 2018

Unfortunately, not all marriages end like the stories in our favorite fairy-tales. Parents will sometimes decide to split up and have to make the tough decision of deciding who gets custody of their children. Some parents can reach a compromise regarding child custody and visitation, others will battle it out in court and a judge …

Spousal Support in Pennsylvania

March 15, 2018

Also called spousal support, alimony is a payment one spouse gives to the other spouse to provide financial support during or after a divorce. It is possible for the spouses to reach an agreement regarding the amount and duration of alimony. The court can also hand down an order if the spouses can’t agree on …

How Is Child Custody Determined?

November 20, 2017

One of the biggest points of contention of any divorce can be the determination of child custody. Deciding which parent should have sole custody or negotiating a joint custody arrangement is never easy. However, if you know how other parents have been able to decide child custody during a divorce or legal separation, it can …

Can I Attend a Support Conference Without an Attorney?

March 17, 2016

It is not recommended. If you and your spouse are W-2 wage earners, the process by which a child support obligation and spousal support obligation is calculated is based on a formula. The Pennsylvania Support Guidelines, calculation of support obligations, formula can be located in the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure 1910.16-4. The formula itself …

How do I File my Taxes Now That I am Separated or Getting Divorced?

January 28, 2016

How do I file my taxes now that I am separated or getting divorced? If you separated from your spouse in 2014, you and your spouse should discuss how you are going to file your Federal and State Tax Returns in 2014. Waiting until April 14th, may be too late to sort out the details …

Two Sides Clash over NJ Alimony Bill

December 31, 2014

As reported by the DailyJournal.Com, talks over competing alimony reform bills are becoming as heated as the divorce fights they both aim to regulate. A group proposing to overhaul New Jersey’s alimony laws says legislation proposed by the New Jersey State Bar Association to do the same thing would hamper actual reform needed in the …

Prenuptial Agreements In New Jersey Now More Difficult To Amend

June 18, 2014

Under recent amendments to the New Jersey Uniform Premarital and Pre-Civil Union Agreement Act, premarital agreements will be more difficult to amend. Therefore, it is imperative that both parties fully understand their rights and obligations before signing on the dotted line. Essentially, a “prenup” is a written contract executed prior to marriage, which outlines the …

Mother Awarded Attorneys’ Fees Due to Father’s Repeated Custody Filings

March 21, 2014

In D.C. v. J.S., 151 Montgomery Co. L. Rep. 29 (2013), the court addresses whether an award of counsel fees is appropriate under the custody statute 23 Pa. C.S. § 5593, which awards counsel fees to a party if the court finds the conduct of another party was obdurate, vexatious, repetitive or in bad faith, …

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