December 2017 Archives

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 and Child Custody in Pennsylvania

"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 and it's impact can be felt throughout custody proceedings.

What is International Parental Child Abduction and Will it Impact a Child Custody Case in Pennsylvania?

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. This can happen to the parent of a child living here in Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

I Live in Pennsylvania and 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.

I live in Pennsylvania and 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."

Pennsylvania 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: Pennsylvania is Surrogacy Friendly

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;

Pennsylvania 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.

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