Who Gets Fido? Pets in the Divorce Process

Posted on December 23rd, 2019 in Family Law

Divorce can be messy and heartbreaking. Dividing property, sharing custody and settling spousal support is costly and time-consuming. But what happens when pets are involved with the breakup? For many individuals, our pets are family. Shouldn’t they be treated as such? Unfortunately, in the state of Pennsylvania, that is not the case. In the 2002 […]

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Supreme Court Hears Family Law Case

Posted on December 17th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

A family law case has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. An American woman and her estranged Italian husband are undergoing a custody battle for their child. The problem? This child was born in Italy, removed from the country with her mother, and taken to Ohio. There are layers to this case. The […]

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Domestic Violence Support for Adolescent on Parent Abuse

Posted on December 11th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

Domestic violence is a huge issue across the country. In Pennsylvania, 123 victims died from domestic violence incidents in 2018 and 67% of those individuals were killed by a former or current intimate partner.  But domestic violence is not just an issue for intimate partners. Families across the country are facing domestic violence incidents by […]

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Marital Identity Theft: Another Layer of Abuse

Posted on December 4th, 2019 in Divorce

According to a recent study, 14.4 million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2018. Pennsylvania’s identity theft laws state that, “a person commits the offense of identity theft of another person if he possesses or uses, through any means, identifying information of another person without the consent of that other person to further any […]

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Opioid Crisis Leaves Grandparents Taking On the Role of Parents

Posted on November 29th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

According to recent congressional estimates, approximately 2.5 million grandparents have found themselves back in the role of primary caregiver because of the opioid crisis. “Drugs or alcohol are now implicated in 37.4 percent of child transfers out of parental care, up from 25.4 percent in 2009,” explains a November 11th article in the Harvard Political […]

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Understanding Alimony in Pennsylvania

Posted on November 21st, 2019 in Divorce

Going through a divorce is hard on all parties involved. One component that often weighs heavily on a couple’s mind is alimony. Often, one spouse will have more financial responsibility in the divorce as the primary income earner of the household. With that, the expense of alimony comes into play. Pennsylvania has categories relating to […]

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Unmarried Parents: Who Gets Custody?

Posted on November 12th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

Parents that decide to separate have made a hard decision that affects both their lives and the children they’ve had together. But deciding who ultimately gets custody and is responsible for them financially is dependent on how well they get along and if they can agree upon a resolution. If not, then it will be […]

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Can I Stop My Divorce From Happening?

Posted on October 17th, 2019 in Divorce

You and your spouse have decided to get divorced. You started with paperwork and are now waiting to hear your court date. But you and your soon-to-be-ex have been on good speaking terms for the past few weeks. So well, in fact, that you’re rethinking the divorce. Could this be a mistake? Is this something […]

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When Small Business Owners Divorce

Posted on July 17th, 2019 in Divorce

Dividing a couple’s assets during a divorce can often be contentious, but additional complications exist if the parties are one of the over 999,000 small business owners in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, 99.91 percent of businesses in Lackawanna County were small businesses in 2013. Therefore, it is inevitable that divorce will […]

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What is Considered Marital Property in Pennsylvania?

Posted on June 24th, 2019 in Divorce

As an equitable distribution state, Pennsylvania determines property division based on what is fair, not necessarily what is equal. Under the state’s law, a judge could treat each piece of marital property separately, dividing each one based on differing percentages. You should be aware that the assets that are subject to division will include just […]

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