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CUSTODY LAW UPDATE

***CUSTODY LAW UPDATE*** Effective July 4, 2018, there has been a major change in the Child Custody Law in Pennsylvania. Before that date, it was difficult for people who were not parents, step-parents or grandparents to obtain custody rights. That will all change. Effective that date, ANY individual who can establish that they: Have assumed; …

CONTEMPT OF SUPPORT ORDERS: AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS

Support Contempt actions are instituted once a Payor, for what can be a multitude of reasons, falls behind or fails to pay his or her Support obligation through the statewide PACSES system or through some other Agreement entered into between parties to a support or alimony action. Punishment mechanisms are statutorily in place if necessary …

SUPPORT: CHILD, SPOUSAL, ALIMONY PENDENTE LITE (“APL”) AND ALIMONY

If you have a minor child and you aren’t living with that child’s other parent, you are likely either paying or receiving child support or will be at some point in time while the child is under 18 years of age. This Newsletter is a very basic introduction to the various types of “Support” in …

ACHIEVING YOUR CUSTODY GOALS: FIVE IMPORTANT TIPS

Achieving your Custody goals, in some cases, is not a process that ends at your first scheduled Custody Conference or Hearing. Many times, it is a process. Persistence, good behavior and compliance oftentimes are the keys to a party enjoying fulfilling Custody time with their children or grandchildren. Unfortunately, the process can be lengthily and …

WIRETAP VIOLATIONS AND CUSTODY

I have written previously about parties secretly recording conversations with third parties, with the mistaken belief these recordings may be used in Court in Custody or other legal proceeding. I have strongly urged you not to do so, as such recordings most likely will be in violation of Wiretap laws. With the advent of the …

EARNING CAPACITY IN SUPPORT MATTERS

Let’s start with the premise that Pennsylvania is an Earning Capacity state. What is earning capacity and how can it impact your Support Order? First, a person cannot intentionally decrease their income, with the hope that this intentional decrease will result in a lower support Order. Let’s take the case of a fictional couple, Donnie …

FLAT FEE OR HOURLY BILLING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME?

Traditionally, Family Lawyers bill their clients one way…hourly.  However, there is an alternative. That alternative is Flat Fee Lawyering. Clearly, however, not every case is right for Hourly Lawyering and not every case is right for Flat Fee Lawyering. We, at SchwartzJordan, offer both options. You choose which method is right for you, up front, …

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 …

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 …

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