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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Reading Child Abduction Case Closed


Q: Can child custody become a criminal matter?

It isn't every day that a Reading, Pennsylvania child custody dispute makes national headlines, but it recently happened.

Pennsylvania family law attorneys help couples who are divorcing or separating with the transition to living separate lives. That often includes distributing jointly-held marital property and, in the case of minor children, determining what is in the best interest of the children as far as child custody and child support are concerned.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hunting Down Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Fugitives


Q: What should I do if I can’t make my child support payment?

Many people have heard of or watched "America's Most Wanted" a television show that for a quarter of a century, used actors to reenact dangerous fugitives and sought public’s help in locating them and bringing them to justice. The episodes would display a toll-free phone number for viewers to call in their tips on the fugitive’s whereabouts.

Well, hard-core or violent criminals are not the only fugitives that are being sought out. The hunt is on for “domestic relations fugitives” and local sheriff’s offices are asking for the public’s help in tracking down some of the Family Court’s “Most-Wanted” offenders.

A domestic relations fugitive is a person who is wanted for failure to appear in Family Court.
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