On Sunday, December 27, 2015, China's National People's Congress passed the country's first law prohibiting domestic violence. The law as passed protects unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples. The new law will take effect in March of 2016.
Many individuals in the throes of a divorce hope and pray for a reconciliation. Although this does not often come, occasionally, love does conquer all, and parties reconcile. In the best case scenario, this happens before the parties have spent a lot of blood, sweat, tears and hard earned money in obtaining a divorce and well before a divorce is final. However, sometimes, distance makes the heart grow fonder, and parties reconcile after a final divorce decree is entered. For some, returning to life as usual minus the wedding ring is an acceptable compromise, and some use this as an opportunity to throw a lavish re-marriage wedding. However, in certain cases, the most beneficial solution is to vacate or "take back" the divorce decree. But is that legal?
Former The View host, Sherri Shepherd may no longer appear on the talk show, yet she remains in the public eye due to her recent appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Ms. Shepherd's case concerns a baby born to Ms. Shepherd and her former husband via surrogacy.
The important relationship between a Grandparent and his or her grandchild is a relationship that is protected by Pennsylvania law. The Pennsylvania legislature extends standing in specific circumstances for Grandparents to petition the court for custody of their grandchildren.
By Alexandra E. Cabonor, Esquire
By: John M. Schaffranek, Esq.