Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.

January 2016 Archives

Study Finds UK Courts Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Pennsylvania Grandparent Custody Statute Challenged in Westmoreland County

On September 18, 2015, Judge Smail of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas determined that a portion of the statute providing partial custody rights to Grandparents is unconstitutional. Duane Ponko & Bernadette Ponko vs. Gregory Ponko and Angela Ponko concerned divorced co-parents of three children, who made a decision together to discontinue paternal grandparents' contact with their grandchildren. Subsequently, the grandparents chose to initiate a custody complaint pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. § 5325(2) which provides standing to grandparents seeking partial custody of children whose parents have been separated for a minimum of six months.

Arizona Governor Proposes Controversial Plan to Punish "Deadbeat" Dads

Landmark Custody Ruling for Lesbian Couple

New Start Up Bets on the Success of Marriages

Would you bet that your marriage will last forever? Swanluv is willing to take that bet. What's Swanluv? The new Seattle, Washington-based startup company is set to begin operating next month, in February 2016. Their business model is not only unique, but likely the first of it's kind.

Baby Mama Drama? Challenges to Paternity in Pennsylvania Courts

Almost everyone has seen at least one episode of the Maury Povich Show or Jerry Springer during which the climactic moment is the announcement of whether or not the hero (or sometimes villain) of the episode is or is NOT the father. This scene is usually followed by the gentleman in question celebrating a result he expected accompanied by the plaintive sobs of the mother who was SURE that he was the father and promised he was the ONLY ONE.

December Superior Court Round Up

December was a busy month for Superior Court, which issued over a dozen family law related rulings last month. However, as often happens with family court matters, only two of these opinions were precedential, one involved child custody and the other involved paternity testing.