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The Problems with Joint Legal Custody: When Household Rules Differ

CUSTODY PLANNING AND THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL CHOICE

As our society continues to be more mobile, forward-thinking parents, who are do not live with the other parent of their child, need to think about the impact of the quality of the school their child does or will attend, and the impact of that choice on their custodial rights and schedule. As those of …

RETIREMENT ASSETS AND DIVORCE: WHAT’S YOURS, MINE AND OURS?

There are many misconceptions “on the street” about whether and what part of a person’s retirement assets are marital property and therefore subject to being divided as part of a divorce. The first question is whether retirement assets are marital property in Pennsylvania? The answer depends on whether you and your spouse signed a Pre-Martial …

MILITARY PENSION UPDATE

On December 23, 2016, President Obama approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. Simply put, a time based coverture fraction will no longer be accepted by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. This has a significant impact on our use and drafting of Military Retired Pay Division Orders (“MRPDO’s) for those folks …

THE BEAUTY OF COLLABORATIVE LAW

There’s a New Sheriff in town, and that Sheriff is a hybrid. Traditionally, people contemplating Divorce had one choice: each side hires a Family Lawyer and they begin the arduous, expensive, exhausting and sometimes pointless process of litigating Custody, Support, Alimony, Division of Property, etc. in a courtroom setting. This can serve to increase hostility …

Social Media Strikes Again

We preach it all the time; it’s even in our Fee Agreements: Postings on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and other social media sites can be absolutely deadly. For example, a person who maintains her or she can’t work, in the context of a Child Support case, will make posts saying how much money they are making …

REMEMBER, THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU LOVE THEM

SO, ‘TIS THE SEASON. Words we think of to define this season are…festive, peace be on earth, good tidings to all, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and other statements to evoke love, peace and goodwill. Equally pervasive, unfortunately, are custody disputes between parents who, rather than keeping their eyes on the proverbial ball, prefer to use …

Podcast: November 5, 2016

GRANDPARENTS CUSTODY RIGHTS: CHIPPING AWAY AT THEIR ABILITY TO GAIN CUSTODY

Before September 9, 2016, Grandparents could Petition the Court to seek partial custody of their grandchild if that grandchild’s parents had been separated for six months or more. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in the case D.P. and B.P. v. G.J.P. and A.P., decided that reason is no longer available and legal. The Court held that fit parents have …

AMENDMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA DIVORCE CODE REDUCES WAITING PERIOD IN A NON-CONSENT NO-FAULT DIVORCE FROM TWO YEARS TO ONE YEAR

The Governor of Pennsylvania signed into law a major change to the Pennsylvania Divorce law. Before this amendment, a person who wished to be divorced from his or her spouse, in cases where the other spouse would not consent to a divorce, had to wait two years from the date the parties separated in order …

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