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How an Adoption Petition in Pennsylvania Became a Lengthy Court Battle

Adopting children can bring joy to qualified families and individuals, but sometimes adoption proceedings can also create complicated legal hurdles. When a Penn Hills foster mother attempted to legally adopt a young girl who was in her foster care, the child’s maternal aunt traveled to the United States from Cameroon to prevent the adoption. A Read More

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Pennsylvania Child Support – Part I – Income Available for Support

Both parents of a child are obligated to provide financial support for a child. There is a multi-step process involved in determining child support in Pennsylvania. First, income is determined. Next, the base child support amount is calculated. Then, allowable adjustments are considered. This is the first in a three-part series on these steps. The Read More

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Top Five Benefits of Resolving Your Divorce Through Mediation

If you and your spouse are ending your marriage, the two of you may opt to use mediation to resolve the issues surrounding your divorce, including the division of marital assets and debt, child custody, and child support and alimony, among others. Through mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party known Read More

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Save a Tree and Have Both Spouses Sign One Document

As most people know, Pennsylvania recognizes the ownership concept of tenants by the entireties.  That is, the assets held jointly by a husband and wife ordinarily cannot be levied and executed upon by a creditor holding a judgment against only one spouse.  Assuming then that the Lender is obtaining either a Guaranty Agreement or simply Read More

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Experienced Attorneys Handling Contested and Uncontested Divorces in PA Guiding you through the divorce process in Pittsburgh After making the difficult decision to get a divorce, your next step is to determine which process will assist you in accomplishing your goals. In Pennsylvania, there are several options, including a contested divorce, or an uncontested divorce. Read More

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Pittsburgh Attorney Providing Assistance with Marital Agreements

Helping you draft pre- and post-nuptial agreements in Pennsylvania When contemplating marriage, it is important to protect your assets, both those you have prior to marriage and those you may accumulate after marriage. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that a couple signs before they are married, outlining asset and debt division in the event Read More

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How Do Divorce Costs for Mediation and Collaborative Law Compare with Litigation?

When you want a divorce, you’ve got a variety of approaches to choose from ─ some more costly than others. While cost is not the only consideration, it’s a major one for most couples. Many marriages go on the rocks over financial stress and finances can remain hotly contested issues during divorce. Yet couples who Read More

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What Are Some Ways to Establish Paternity Under Pennsylvania Law?

Establishing paternity is often a crucial issue when an unmarried mother seeks child support or a father wants a legal relationship with a child, even after a divorce for example. Pennsylvania Code Rule 1910.15. Paternity lays the ground rules for how you can establish paternity in Pennsylvania. The main two ways are:  Acknowledgment of paternity. Read More

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Tips to Navigate the Divorce Process

As a family law attorney, I see clients most often at one of the lowest points of their lives.  Everything that has been familiar and stable is undergoing a major, life-altering overhaul.  The change, itself, is scary, but the process to become divorced is even scarier.  I have some suggestions to help in this transition, Read More

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