Pittsburgh Family Law Blog

Pets and Domestic Violence Survivors: A New Beginning

In July of 2017, a 3-month old Chihuahua was found in a restroom at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. An airport security guard found the puppy with the following heartbreaking note: "Hi! I'm Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn't afford me to get on the flight. She didn't want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option." The note followed with "My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much - please love and take care of him."

Bitcoins and Divorce in Pennsylvania

Obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania requires a full disclosure of all marital assets and debts so that the court can decide who gets what (a process known as equitable distribution). A spouse trying to hide money from their soon to be ex is nothing new of course, but with the rise of bitcoins finding these hidden funds has become more complicated. 

Changes to the Taxation of Alimony

In Pennsylvnaia, under current law, alimony is deductible to the spouse making the payments and must be included as income on the taxes of the spouse receiving the payments. With the current administration's tax overhaul this is about to change. 

BIG Changes to Standing for Custody in PA

Big changes are happening right now in PA custody law. On September 6, 2017, Senate Bill No. 844 was introduced, Amending Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. The Bill sets out to revise § 5324 & § 5325, which pertain to standing to file for custody.

Malicious Parent Syndrome

"Malicious Parent Syndrome", or "Malicious Mother Syndrome" as it's sometimes known, is characterized by extreme behavior on the part of a parent during custody and divorce proceedings. Men and women in Pennsylvania can suffer from this syndrome.

What is International Parental Child Abduction?

Where a parent has taken their child or withheld their child in another country and away from the other parent, this is known as an international parental child abduction. In cases of international abduction a parent who is residing in the U.S. while the other parent has the child unlawfully in another country will have to look to The Hague Abduction Convention. This convention is a treaty that many countries, including the United States have signed. (This means that all U.S. states, including Pennsylvania have to follow the rules and procedures set forth in the convention.)

BIG Changes to Grandparent Standing in PA, Part II

Yesterday's blog pertained to the 2015 landmark PA case of Ponko v. Ponko, and the effect it had on Pa. 23 § 5325(2), the statute governing grandparent standing in PA. You can find Part I here if you missed it.

BIG Changes to Grandparent Standing in PA, Part I

In Pennsylvania, Grandparents are provided standing in limited circumstances if it is determined to be in the best interests of the child. 23 Pa. C.S.A. § 5325 provides grandparents standing for partial physical custody or supervised physical custody in the following situations:

The Fundamentals of a Divorce in Pennsylvania

Whether you have decided you are now ready to file for divorce or whether your spouse has served you with divorce papers, you probably have a lot of questions. The content of this particular post is based on some of the most common questions we are asked as experienced family law attorneys.

The Basics: Child Custody in Pennsylvania

People often become confused and overwhelmed when they are considering filing for custody. How do I file for custody? Can I do that? Can the other parent take my child? Does the other parent have to know about this? You're not alone in feeling overwhelmed. This blog post will explain some of the basics of child custody here in Pennsylvania based on commonly asked questions.

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