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Applying Pennsylvania’s Presumption of Paternity to Same-Sex Marriages

April 14, 2021

Pennsylvania presumes that a child conceived or born during an intact marriage is a child of the marriage. As a result, both spouses are presumed to be the parents of the child. In 2019, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held that the presumption of paternity applies to same-sex marriages as well. However, the Pennsylvania courts …

Alleged Abuser Attends Zoom Hearing with Domestic Violence Victim

March 17, 2021

We previously discussed courtroom etiquette in our blog post, Virtual Courtroom Decorum. With the continued use of online platforms to conduct hearings, it is no surprise that we continue to witness courtroom improprieties.   A St. Joseph County, Michigan, Assistant Prosecutor is being applauded for her stealth observation after suspecting that an abuser was in …

Virtual Courtroom Decorum

February 24, 2021

While news of the Cat Lawyer spread some much-needed laughter throughout the nation, other stories of virtual improprieties during courtroom hearings have not been so forgiving. The issue of decorum during virtual hearings continues to arise, causing concern over traditional notions of appropriate, courtroom conduct. Lawyers and clients alike should be reminded that a hearing, …

Child Support During the Pandemic

February 18, 2021

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many found it challenging to stay current on their support payments. The pandemic has spared few people in its path, affecting millions of people worldwide. While some live paycheck to paycheck, relying on government assistance, businesses are struggling to keep their door open, and many employees across the Commonwealth have …

The Importance of Minority Representation in the Legal Community

February 15, 2021

While minorities make up approximately 16% of the population in Allegheny County, the judicial system sorely lacks individuals in the judiciary that represent the community it serves. Since 1949, when Homer S. Brown was elected as the first male African American Judge in Allegheny County, few African Americans have landed a seat on the bench. …