Monday, August 19, 2019

Calculating Spousal Support: The Most Complicated Math Problem Of Your Life

We all learn 2+2=4 and y=mx+b, but none of the math you learned in school will prepare you for the number crunching that comes with divorce. Legal math is unlike any other math you will ever encounter.

There is a lot of wiggle room in legal math, especially in the family law context.
Read more . . .

Monday, November 5, 2018

Five Common Misconceptions About Child Support in Pennsylvania

In many cases, a person works with a Pennsylvania child support lawyer when the person is involved in a custody and support case. Unfortunately, when questions about child support arise years after the case was settled, a person may not contact an attorney for answers to child support questions. The problem with not contacting an attorney with a question about child support is that you may believe a child support myth that can get you into trouble if you rely on the myth.

Read more . . .

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?

Read more . . .

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.

Read more . . .

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.

Read more . . .

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 . . .

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.

Read more . . .

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%.
Read more . . .

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Post-Nuptial Agreements: Not Just for Cheaters

Q: Why would couples sign a post-nuptial agreement?

Pennsylvania marital agreement attorneys help couples before or after their marriage enter contracts establishing the rights and responsibilities of the couple if they don't live happily ever after.

Read more . . .

Friday, October 6, 2017

I Lost My Job and Can’t Afford Child Support - What Are My Options?

If you cannot afford to pay child support because you have lost your job, your options will depend on several factors, including why you lost your job and whether there is already a court order requiring you to pay support. A child support lawyer can be a tremendous ally during this time. While it is true that lawyers cost money, they can also save you money in the long run and help you avoid defaulting on a court judgment.
Read more . . .

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.
Read more . . .

Archived Posts


← Newer12 3 Older →

© 2020 Law Office of Gary R. Swavely, Jr. | Disclaimer
38 N 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601
| Phone: 610.372.2700

Family Law | Civil Litigation | Real Estate | Business Law | Estate Planning & Probate | Personal Injury | About Us

Law Firm Website Design by
Amicus Creative

© Law Office of Gary R. Swavely, Jr. | Disclaimer | Law Firm Website Design by Zola Creative