Child Custody

Friday, May 15, 2020

Co-Parenting And The Coronavirus

Co-parenting a child with your ex can be difficult even during the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, it has become particularly challenging. Attorney Gary R.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Santa Clause: The Christmas Classic About a Family Law Dispute

Disputes over the fairness of child custody agreements are more common during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. Perhaps the greatest indication of this fact is that a classic Christmas movie uses this very scenario as its main plot device.

How Does The Santa Clause Relate to Family Law?

In The Santa Clause, Tim Allen plays a man who is frustrated to learn that his ex-wife and her new partner have told their son there is no Santa Claus.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Teenagers, Tweenagers, and Child Custody Changes

The tweenage and teenage years are — without a doubt — the most difficult years a parent faces. Your child develops their own identity and their own opinions, and often wants to spend more time with friends or participating in extracurricular activities than they do with family. It is generally a frustrating and emotionally fraught time for everyone involved. 

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania?

New laws regarding grandparent rights in Pennsylvania give grandparents standing to petition for primary physical custody for a child or partial physical custody (visitation).

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Marijuana and Child Custody in Pennsylvania - What You Need to Know

In 2016, the Pennsylvania legislature passed laws legalizing medical marijuana.  However, marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal laws. Therefore, an individual could be prosecuted under federal laws for drug crimes for possessing and using medical marijuana because of conflicting federal and state laws.
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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, 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, 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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Friday, July 20, 2018

Can I Still Get a Divorce If Child Custody Issues Aren't Settled?

In some states, a spouse must prove that the other spouse is guilty of wrongdoing or “fault” to obtain a divorce. However, many states are moving to a no-fault divorce system that makes it easier, less costly, and quicker to obtain a divorce. In some states, including Pennsylvania, lawmakers combined the two types of divorce to give spouses a choice between no-fault divorce or fault divorce.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Child-Shaming Punishments Can Constitute Child Abuse

Q: Can harsh punishments cost me custody of my child?

If you're considering getting divorced in Pennsylvania, you may be in wondering what is involved in the process. If you are parting ways, you'll need to divide your property. In addition, you'll need to consider if one spouse will pay spousal support, also known as alimony, to the other and if so, how much will the payments be and how long will they continue.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Manslaughter Convictions and Child Custody in Pennsylvania

Q: Can a parent regain child custody after a manslaughter conviction?

If you are considering getting divorced in Pennsylvania, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will need to agree on how your marital property will be divided and whether one of you will pay spousal support or alimony to the other.  If you have minor children together, you will have to agree on child support, custody, and visitation. If the couple can't agree on the terms, a family court judge will decide.

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