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

December 2017 Archives

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.

What you need to know about a living will in Pennsylvania

A living will, also commonly known as an advanced healthcare directive or medical directive is a legal document wherein a person specifies what medical actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make medical decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.

My Ex Filed For Bankruptcy in PA...Now What?

It is common knowledge that filing for bankruptcy discharges debt; what is lesser known is that not all debt is dischargeable. This blog will discuss which family law related debts are not dischargeable and how specific chapters of bankruptcy affects discharge as well.

My ex never paid as promised...can I sue? Part II

As discussed in Part I of this blog series, in PA the statute of limitations generally precludes an aggrieved party from filing suit for enforcement of a Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA) if not commenced within the statutes 4-year limitation period. An exception exists, however, when the contract is a "continuing contract." A contract is "continuing" when 1.) There are no deadlines by which payments have to be made; 2.) No specific start date and/or end date when payments are to stop; and 3.) No specific amount owed is identified.

My ex never paid as promised...can I sue? Part I

Before a divorce can be finalized in PA, the parties must have completed the process of equitable distribution, or the division of marital assets and debts. If the parties can come to an agreement, one way to accomplish this is through a Marriage Settlement Agreement, more commonly referred to as an "MSA."

The Basics: In Vitro Fertilization 101

In Vitro Fertilization (or IVF) is one of the many types of assisted reproductive technology (ART) available to couples in Pennsylvania who are facing fertility challenges. In some our previous posts we've discussed the basics of ART, the basics of surrogacy, provided a list of those states that're considered legally friendly towards the practice of surrogacy and now we'll cover the basics of IVF.

Surrogacy Law By State

Surrogacy law varies state by state across the United States and is constantly changing. While Pennsylvania is considered to be a surrogacy friendly state, this is not true of every state. Below is a list of those states considered to be surrogacy friendly and those states that are not;

The Basics: Surrogacy 101

In covering some of the different types of assisted reproductive technology (ART) available to couples and individuals in Pennsylvania looking to grow their family, surrogacy is an important area to explore. For those who may be confused as to what surrogacy entails this post will cover the very broad basics of surrogacy.