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Friday, December 30, 2016

We need to find ways to support adoption

What are the most common issues facing individuals and families during the adoption process?

Any parents fortunate enough to have met his or her child through adoption knows what a gift that child is. And likely, they also know the headaches involved in the process. If you are thinking about adopting, you may have a lot of questions and anxiety around what happens next. We hope this article will answer some of those questions and help alleviate some of the anxiety you may be feeling.

November was National Adoption month.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Husband uses drone to catch cheating wife

What are the top 5 ways to lose your cool during a divorce?

Drones have recently become much more than simply a vehicle for high-tech selfies, with uses ranging from law enforcement surveillance to scientific research. Unfortunately, for one Pennsylvania couple, a drone is responsible for revealing an extra-marital affair.  

Husband John Consiglio used a drone to spy on his wife, whom he suspected was cheating on him. After drone footage confirmed his suspicions, Consiglio posted a video of the footage, complete with commentary, onto YouTube. The video, predictably, went viral.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Brad Pitt seeks joint custody in divorce from Angelina Jolie

What factors does a judge take into account when determining child custody arrangements?

The Jolie-Pitt divorce has been the subject of countless headlines these past couple of months, as people watch with morbid curiosity to see what happens to their children and estate.

The biggest area of contention between the two is child custody. Mr.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

After 45 years, Rendells to divorce

Are there special considerations to keep in mind for divorce for “gray divorces”?

Former governor and mayor Ed Rendell recently announced that he and his wife, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie Rendell are filing for divorce. The Rendells, who have been separated since 2011, have been married for 45 years.

The two maintain that their split is amicable and that they remain on good terms, as evidenced by their ongoing professional relationship managing the Rendell Center, as well as attending a family trip together to Jamaica.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Pennsylvania Shortens Waiting Period For No-Fault Divorces

What does this new divorce law mean for you?

Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a new law reducing the mandatory separation period for no-fault divorces. Previously, couples seeking divorce were forced to wait two-years before filing for divorce. Under the new law, divorcing couples now only have to wait one year before filing for no-fault divorce.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What custody rights remain for grandparents in Pennsylvania?

Separation and divorce can be upsetting for both the married couple and their children.  Not knowing what the future holds can also be concerning for grandparents, who may wonder if they’ll see their grandchildren, especially if the divorce is particularly acrimonious.  And, while custody disputes are usually left to the parents, in some cases, grandparents may get involved.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Convicted Former PA Attorney General Asks for $1 Million Judgment against Estranged Husband

Why is Kathleen Kane filing a petition against her estranged husband even before the divorce is final?

There are certainly enough high-profile cases of alimony and child support to go around. Many involve celebrities in the fields of entertainment and sports, and a fair number involve politicians and public officials. Each case has its star power and many are complicated by multiple marriages with many children from more than one couple. For Pennsylvania residents, however, one is clearly high on the list of eye-catching cases -- the one concerning convicted former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane.

If you are involved in a divorce and overwhelmed by issues of alimony and/or child support, you should not have to muddle through alone.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Yes, Your Significant Other Can Hire Legal Help To Dump You.

A few weeks ago, the Reddit thread below went viral. And for good reason. It is the perfect example of how to use a lawyer to get yourself out of a bad relationship.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

33,600 Pennsylvania Marriages Ended in Divorce Last Year, and That’s a Good Thing

Sometimes the people who come into the office have a hard time accepting the fact that they are getting a divorce. They often think they are a failure because their marriage is ending. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Divorce is not a sign of failure, but a sign of bravery and hope. People who get divorced know they and their partner are not living their best lives, and have decided to do something about it.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Maintaining the Special Role of Grandparents

Do grandparents have visitation and custody rights in Pennsylvania?

Navigating a divorce can be complicated for a family, and questions of custody of the children can become contentious. While these issues must be resolved by the divorcing spouses, the rights of grandparents are also an important consideration for those who have close relationships with their grandchildren. In Pennsylvania, the courts recognize the limited visitation and custody rights of grandparents.

Visitation Rights

Under the Grandparent Visitation Act, a grandparent can purse visitation rights, referred to as partial custody, if the child's parent(s) is deceased or when the parents have been separated for at least 6 months. Grandparents can also pursue partial custody if the parents have filed for divorce or separation or if the child has lived with the grandparent for at least 12 months.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

What’s in the Best Interest of the Child? A Summary of Child Custody Law in Pennsylvania

There are typically two things that divorcing couples fight about: money and children. Resolving disputes over finances is relatively straightforward - the judge decides what is fair and slices up the pie accordingly. Resolving disputes over who gets child custody is much more difficult since the Biblical solution of “splitting the baby” is today, thankfully, only an expression.

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