Understanding International Adoption In Pennsylvania: Citizenship

Posted on November 24th, 2020 in Family Law

When you are trying to expand your family via means of adoption, the process can be stressful. The waiting, the appointments, and home visits, it’s enough to make you think it just isn’t going to happen. But then it does, and that missing piece in your life has been filled. While obviously, it’s not that […]

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Keep the Holidays Merry with These Shared Custody Tips

Posted on November 11th, 2020 in Child Custody/Support, Family Law

As the holiday season draws near, many families may be planning for smaller, more intimate gatherings as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks. However, whether the entire family is getting together or just those in the immediate circle, for divorced parents, the holiday season may seem tense. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep the holidays […]

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Do You Need a Postnuptial Agreement?

Posted on October 27th, 2020 in Family Law

After The Real Housewives of Potomac, star Ashley Darby told her husband she wanted a postnuptial agreement following cheating allegations, some couples have begun wondering if postnuptial agreements are just for those struggling with their marriage, or are there other benefits to the agreement. At Kalinoski Law Offices, we work with everyday people–not celebrities–and we […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill; Expert Testimony in Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Cases

Posted on September 28th, 2020 in Family Law

In mid-September, Senate Bill 1170 passed, amending the Judicial Code that permits expert witnesses to testify in court cases involving domestic violence and human trafficking in order to provide insight into the crime and how it impacts victims’ behavior following the crime. Previous code only permitted expert witnesses to testify in cases of sexual violence […]

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Horrific Child Abuse Case Ends in Death; Reporting Child Abuse in PA

Posted on September 22nd, 2020 in Family Law

Twelve-year-old Max Schollenberger from Lebanon County was reported dead after suffering horrific abuse at the hands of his father and stepmother. Representative Frank Ryan of Lebanon told Local 21 News that, “I can’t imagine what this young boy has gone through his entire life,” after authorities had discovered Schollenberger’s lifeless body, covered in human waste, […]

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Domestic Abusers Utilize Tech in Coronavirus Era

Posted on September 15th, 2020 in Family Law

Parts of Pennsylvania faced stay-at-home orders under Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mandates from mid-March through June, leaving many of the most vulnerable in the Keystone State to endure fear and abuse. During the months-long orders, many survivors of abuse did not have the means to report violence as social services across the state saw a […]

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Are Stepparents Legal Guardians?

Posted on June 16th, 2020 in Family Law

We know the modern family unit looks a lot different than it did in our parents’ and grandparents’ day. It’s welcoming to new family members, friends who become family, and new parent-child relationships. While the emotional connection between a child and stepparent may be strong, the legal bonds may be a bit more fragile. This […]

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Know Your Rights: Paternity and Unmarried Fathers

Posted on May 13th, 2020 in Family Law

An overwhelming amount of children in the United States are born to unmarried parents — approximately 40%. While in some cases, the parents may be in committed relationships but unmarried, the reality is that many of these children will grow up in a fatherless home. Unfortunately, the problem is that many fathers do not know […]

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Domestic Violence Rises During COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in Family Law

Right now, many of us are experiencing social isolation due to government mandates to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. While this is critical to protect those most vulnerable to catching the virus, this is largely impacting another vulnerable group who right now, needs protection more than ever. Victims of domestic violence […]

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What Can Be Done if We Don’t Agree On Who Will Get the Marital Home?

Posted on February 12th, 2020 in Family Law

The division of marital assets is often a difficult task for divorcing couples. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state meaning that in a divorce, the needs of each spouse will be considered. But, equitable does not mean equal. So who gets the marital home? Equitable Distribution – Marital Home Subject to Division As per Pennsylvania’s […]

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