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Category Archives: Divorce

Category Archives: Divorce

Who Keeps the Pets After a Divorce in Pennsylvania?

One aspect of the emotional hardship that often accompanies divorce concerns family pets. Regardless of how strong the connection between a spouse and a pet, an animal is still considered personal property under Pennsylvania’s “Barney Rule,” established by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Desanctis v. Pritchard (2002). In that decision, the […]

Pennsylvania Child Support – Part II – Calculating base child support

This is the second installment in a three-part series.  Read the first part here. After a child’s parents’ net monthly incomes have been determined, the next step in establishing a support amount is to calculate the base child support. To do this, the parents’ net monthly incomes are combined. A table established by the state […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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