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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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Friday, May 18, 2018

Should Pennsylvania Adopt a Free Range Parenting Law?

Many people considering getting divorced in Pennsylvania have minor children. In that case, the parties need to agree on issues that include child support and child custody. If they can't come to an agreement, those terms of the divorce will be decided by a judge.


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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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Friday, September 15, 2017

What Is The Difference Between Physical and Legal Custody of Children In Divorce?


If you are going through a divorce and children are involved, you and your ex-spouse will need to come together and make child custody decisions. Child custody refers to the rights and obligations that parents have when it comes to caring for their children. It is broken down into two types: physical and legal custody. Both parents tend to have legal custody, but one may not have physical custody, depending on where they live.

This article discusses the differences in types of child custody.
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