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

October 2017 Archives

Pennsylvania's Assisted Conception Birth Registration

In 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a set of procedures known as the "Assisted Conception Birth Registration". It is a set of procedures for the issuing of birth certificates for children conceived through assisted reproduction that lists the intended parents as the child's parents (rather than a surrogate). The procedure is an alternate method to adoption that allows the intended parents to establish legal parentage.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR PENNSYLVANIA CHILD CUSTODY ORDER AND THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS?

If you have a child custody order here in Pennsylvania, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays. The holidays should be a time of fun, family, and delicious foods. Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful time and this stress can be compounded by the upcoming holiday season particularly if you are parent who is sharing custody of your children.

Can I Quit My Job to Avoid Paying Child Support in Pennsylvania?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past ten years, you've probably heard about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's brood of six children together. 

Getting Divorced in Pennsylvania, How Does the Court View an Affair?

Whether you've made the difficult choice to proceed with divorce because your spouse had an affair or whether you yourself had an affair, you may be wondering, how do the courts in Pennsylvania view an affair?

Grandparent Custody in Pennsylvania

Courts in Pennsylvania are most concerned with the best interests of the child anytime they are considering custody. This 'best interests' standard also applies in those cases where a grandparent is attempting to gain some kind of custody of their grandchildren.

Pennsylvania Case Study: Kayne and Kim Kardashian West Using a Surrogate

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have announced they will be using a surrogate for the birth of their 3rd child after Kim admitted to suffering from placenta accrete during her last pregnancy, which resulted in an extremely painful birth. The use of a surrogate is not uncommon in Pennsylvania. For medical reasons the Hollywood couple decided it would be safer for both Kim and the baby to use a surrogate for the birth.

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY: TIPS WHEN CONSIDERING A PRENUP IN PENNSYLVANIA

By now you may have heard that actress Meghan Markle and England's Prince Harry are expected to announce their engagement sometime before Christmas this year. Well, what would happen if the Prince and his soon to be Princess were to be married in Pennsylvania? Would they enter into a prenuptial agreement?

What You Need To Know About Surrogacy Contracts in Pennsylvania

There's no right or wrong way to build a family and for many couples in Pennsylvania choosing surrogacy provides the chance to grow your family. However, before you choose to proceed with having a surrogate carry your child there are some things you should know about surrogacy and the law in Pennsylvania.

"Don't Touch It! Dissipation and Dividing the Marital Property in Pennsylvania."

With the filing of a divorce in Pennsylvania comes the dividing up of all the marital property. Splitting up all the items that were bought during the marriage and deciding who gets what is easily one of the most complicated and lengthy ordeals in all of family law. This is true even if you're not a millionaire with multiple houses, cars and yachts. This process of deciding who gets what is known as equitable distribution here in Pennsylvania and it's not as simple as, 'I owned that before we got married", or "that's mine, I paid for it".