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What Rights Does a Nonbiological Parent Have During a Custody Dispute in Pennsylvania?

In May, a Pennsylvania Superior Court recognized a nonbiological lesbian mother’s right to share custody of a child born to her former partner, based in part on an informal arrangement between them. Though the ruling is a progressive interpretation of the status of nonbiological parents in same-sex relationships, it is clear that the particular facts Read More

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Pennsylvania Child Support – Part III – Child support deviations

The final step in determining a child support amount is accounting for any appropriate deviations to the base support amount that was calculated according to the method described in the previous part to this series. There are two types of deviations that the court may order: particularly listed deviations, and deviations that are based on Read More

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Can Pennsylvania Stepparents Ever Be Required to Pay Child Support?

Pennsylvania courts favor child custody and support arrangements that are reached without judicial intervention, but things don’t always turn out that way. The process of determining custody and child support terms can develop into a prolonged legal dispute, made even more complex if stepchildren are involved. For example, the case of Shiloh v. Shiloh (2015) Read More

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How Fast Can You Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania When You Are in an Abusive Marriage?

Your home is meant to be a safe haven, free from conflict and anxiety. However, when ongoing arguments lead to psychologically or physically hurtful battles, you certainly don’t feel that way. But you no longer need to be trapped in an abusive and harmful situation. All forms of domestic violence and emotional abuse are considered Read More

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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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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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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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