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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Too Poor To Divorce? Not With My Help


A recent study of Philadelphia County divorce cases by Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab is drawing attention to something those of us in the legal world have known for years —
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Is there life after a divorce?


If you are considering getting divorced in Pennsylvania, you might be so preoccupied with your current situation--or getting out of it--that you may not be able to focus on what life would be like after divorce.


While divorces are as unique as the couple seeking them, all couples getting divorced have to deal with the division of marital property. In Pennsylvania, marital property is divided according to Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution laws which seek to divide marital property fairly but not necessarily equally.


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

How Does Cohabitating Affect Child Support Obligations in Pennsylvania?


Both parents are expected to contribute to the financial needs of their child. In Pennsylvania, child support is based on standard guidelines. Deviations from the guidelines are rare, but judges may grant a deviation from the guideline in some cases. Talking with an experienced


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Splitting Up Together: Good TV, Bad Advice


Have you watched the new comedy Splitting Up Together? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. As someone who practices family law, I find the show both hilarious and horrifying.

According to the

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Divorce, Custody, and Domestic Violence: Using The Law To Protect Victims

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people a minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Emotional abuse is even more common. As a family law attorney, I work with a victim of some sort of abuse at least once a week.

It’s incredibly frustrating that abuse is so common, but it is wonderful to know that I am able to use the legal system to help my clients escape the situation they are in. I frequently help clients who are going through a divorce or battling over child custody get Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Five Common Misconceptions About Child Support in Pennsylvania

In many cases, a person works with a Pennsylvania child support lawyer when the person is involved in a custody and support case. Unfortunately, when questions about child support arise years after the case was settled, a person may not contact an attorney for answers to child support questions. The problem with not contacting an attorney with a question about child support is that you may believe a child support myth that can get you into trouble if you rely on the myth.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Criminal Charges and Custody


Can an arrest impact custody?

It’s safe to say the father didn’t earn any brownie points for his efforts in the kitchen.  In fact, the allegedly innocent “mistake” which resulted in his arrest is the kind of nightmare that can not only have criminal consequences, but could cost a parent childRead more . . .


Monday, October 8, 2018

Five Questions To Consider Before Agreeing To Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce can be an emotional process. Even when couples agree to all terms of the divorce, the process of ending a marriage can be difficult. When the parties do not agree to the terms of their divorce, the stress, expense, and time of a litigated divorce action can make matters even tenser. However, using divorce mediation may be a way to resolve issues in a manner that is less costly and time-consuming. A Pennsylvania family law lawyer can review your situation to help you decide if divorce mediation is right for you.

Five Things You Need to Consider If You Want to Mediate Your Divorce Case

Before you agree to mediation, you should consider at least these five things:

1. Can we resolve all issues through mediation?


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Damaging Viral Videos May Impact Child Custody

Q: Can I lose custody of my child over a social media video?

Getting divorced in Pennsylvania can be stressful. There are so many issues a couple needs to work out – – or have a judge decide for them if they are unable to come to an agreement.

At a minimum, a couples have to divide their marital property and must determine if one spouse will be paying spousal support (or alimony as it's more commonly called) to the other.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Five Questions To Consider Before Agreeing To Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce can be an emotional process. Even when couples agree to all terms of the divorce, the process of ending a marriage can be difficult. When the parties do not agree to the terms of their divorce, the stress, expense, and time of a litigated divorce action can make matters even tenser.


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Monday, August 6, 2018

Am I Responsible For My Spouse's Debts While We Are Going Through A Divorce?

Going through a divorce is a stressful time for most individuals. There are many issues to be settled in the divorce, including custody, support, property division, alimony, and division of debt. While many people are somewhat familiar with Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution statutes of marital property, they may not be aware that these laws also apply to marital debt. You could be saddled with your spouse’s debt after a divorce. Therefore, it is important for you to consult an experienced..


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