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Thursday, April 26, 2018

I Think I Need a Prenup - What Should I Include?

Some people believe that prenuptial (prenups) agreements are unromantic, can ruin a wedding, and can cause problems between partners.  However, there are many reasons why you should consult a Pennsylvania marital agreements lawyer to discuss a prenup.

For example, if you have inherited a considerable sum from your family, own a family operated business, or have children from a previous relationship, entering a prenuptial agreement can protect your children and pre-marital assets.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Is Raising a Child to Hate Police Negligent if He Later Kills a Cop?

Q: Can parents be sued for their adult child’s actions?

Parents getting divorced in Pennsylvania have many issues to work out when children are involved. The court looks at what's in the best interest of the child when deciding child support and custody issues. But whether couples are divorced or remain married, how they raise their children can impact them well into adulthood.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

How Do Child Custody Laws in Pennsylvania Work When One Parent Moves Abroad?

Dealing with custody issues can be a very emotional, complicated, and frustrating process when parents are in the same city or state. However, when parents are in different states or even a different country, child custody issues can become far more complex. Under Pennsylvania custody laws, the child’s best interest is a guiding factor in determining child custody disputes, including child relocation issues.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Domestic Violence Behind Closed Doors in Montgomery County

Q: Can a family lawyer help a domestic violence victim? 

In the majority of cases, couples considering getting a divorce in Pennsylvania have many issues to work out in the transition from a single household to two separate ones.
In addition to the division of marital property, there are issues of spousal support (also known as “alimony”) including who is responsible for paying it, how much they must pay, and for how long they must pay it.
If the couple has children together, perhaps the hardest thing to work out is Read more . . .

Monday, February 26, 2018

How Much is Spousal Support?

How Much Will I Have to Pay in Spousal Support?

If you are facing divorce, you need to know what your financial picture will be. You cannot make wise financial decisions, such as renting or buying an apartment or house if you do not know how much disposable income you will have. If you anticipate that you will have to pay alimony (also called maintenance or spousal support), you should do yourself a favor and speak with a skilled divorce lawyer about your particular circumstances.

Presumed Amount of Spousal Support

Pennsylvania courts use guidelines to calculate a presumed amount of spousal support. The courts take the position that the guideline-calculated amount is correct.
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Your Spouse’s Reaction to Being Served with Divorce Papers

Q: What if my spouse ‘snaps” after served with divorce papers?

When couples consider getting divorced in Pennsylvania, they often take their time and weigh many factors. Others may decide more quickly based on a sudden and/or unforgivable event or change in circumstances. But once the decision to split has been made, the next worry may be how their children or soon-to-be former spouse will handle the news—especially the initial reaction.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

6 Myths Surrounding Adoption

Because adoptions are shrouded in secrecy, there are many myths swirling around them. Since the misinformation can result in some people being less willing to consider adoption, our Reading adoption lawyers are dispelling these six myths surrounding adoption today.

MYTH #1: People who are adopted cannot get their birth records in Pennsylvania.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lancaster County Car Crash Kills Teen on New Year’s Eve

Q: What damages can I recover for injuries in a car accident?

A Lancaster County New Year's Eve car crash reportedly claimed the life of a teenaged girl and sent the car’s other three occupants, including the adult male driver, to Lancaster General Hospital "as trauma patients". The teen died at the scene despite life-saving efforts of first responders.

Motor vehicle accidents often result in the death and/or serious personal injury of the drivers and passengers involved. An investigation continues into what caused the vehicle in the apparent single-car accident to allegedly veer off the road and crash through a detached garage behind a home around 6:00 pm.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Common Family Law Issues for Same Sex Couples

Now that same-sex marriage is just as legal as different-sex marriage in all 50 states, everyone has a right to a legal marriage with their partner of choice. No more having to settle for “marriage substitutes” like civil unions or domestic partnerships. Being able to marry does not, however, solve all the problems that two people can experience. With legalized marriage comes the possibility of divorce and having to sort out the same issues different-sex couples have faced for many years, as well as some scenarios that have been unique to same-sex couples.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Pennsylvania is Toughest on Child Support Enforcement

Q: What can be done to enforce a child support order?

There is no place safe in Pennsylvania for “deadbeat” dads or moms.

Lancaster County child support attorneys know that the county’s collection rate of 84% matched the state of Pennsylvania's overall collection rate--which is by far the best in the nation at enforcing child support orders. In comparison, the national average is 65%.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

What Factors Do Judges Consider in Awarding Spousal Support?

If you are facing the possibility of getting a divorce in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering if you will receive or have to pay alimony, and if so, how much. Unlike the calculation of child support, there is no formula for determining the amount of spousal support in Pennsylvania. A Reading divorce lawyer can help you understand the factors that judges consider when awarding spousal support. In the meantime, take a look at the following 17-factors.

Pennsylvania judges use statutory guidelines called the “17 Factors” when deciding how much alimony to award in a divorce, what kind of spousal support, how long it will last, and the form of payment.
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