Custody Disputes After COVID-19

As Pennsylvania slowly begins to reopen, it is important for separated and/or divorced parents to think about how disagreements about children’s activities and travels are going to be handled during the transition back to a normal life. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a high degree of uncertainty when navigating custody arrangements, which I discussed in an earlier post. Once Governor Wolf lifts the restrictions of the stay-at-home order, more uncertainty will arrive as parents navigate Read more…

Family Law Issues Resulting From The Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of our lives. It has also presented families with unique circumstances and dilemmas. From a family law perspective, there are several issues that may arise for which you may need legal guidance. Below is a list of common inquires that we anticipate addressing while we continue to navigate these unchartered waters. However, every situation is fact specific and you should discuss the circumstances of your case with one Read more…

Child Support Emancipation in Pennsylvania

I am commonly asked when a child support obligation ends in Pennsylvania.  This inquiry yields a straight-forward response albeit one with an extensive history and varying results. In typical situations, a parent’s duty to provide financial support for a child residing in Pennsylvania will terminate once the child has turned 18 and graduated from high school, whichever event occurs last in time.  Therefore, in Pennsylvania, neither parent has an affirmative duty to support their children Read more…

Grandparents’ Rights in Pennsylvania

Are you a proud grandparent? Do you wish to have custody rights with your grandchild or grandchildren? Depending on your factual circumstances, you may be able to request custodial time be ordered by the court. Unfortunately, when grandparents call my office, it is often because there has been a dispute between family members, and they have been unable to visit or speak with their grandchildren.  These cases can be very difficult for all involved.  It Read more…

I filed for Custody in Philadelphia. What happens now?

For many, the commencement of a custody litigation in Philadelphia County begins with the filing of a pro-se (Latin for “on one’s own behalf”) complaint for custody or petition to modify an existing custody order. This is because the format of these filings is completed pursuant to a Court Rule consisting of a relatively simple and straight-forward form. However, after filing, it is common for pro-se litigants to engage the services of a knowledgeable family Read more…

Things to Take Care of Now You’re Divorced

For many, the filing of a Divorce Decree provides closure and mental relief.  However, the journey doesn’t stop there.  After receipt of your Divorce Decree, you may still need to take affirmative steps to protect your rights and interests moving forward.  This is just another reason, among the list of many, why choosing an experienced family lawyer is so important.   Below is a sample list of items that should be resolved post receipt of the Read more…