Category: Child Support

Social Media Boasting Torpedoes Child Support Reduction

May 11, 2016 | Child Support, Court Decisions

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C.O. aka C.G. v. N.G., No. 808 MDA 2015 (April 26, 2016)(non-precedential) In 2014, Father petitioned to modify his support obligation due to a medical condition known as thalassemia major, which is an inherited blood disorder that is treated with transfusions to restore red blood cells.  Father had stopped working full time as a Certified Public Accountant and had been unemployed for eight months.  He previously earned $52,000 to $54,000 […]

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Divorced stepparent who sought custody is responsible for child support

January 12, 2016 | Child Support, Court Decisions

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An evolving definition of family is challenging our courts to consider who may legally participate in child-rearing, and who is financially responsible.  The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania took a step on December 29, 2015, by issuing its opinion in A.S. v. I.S., 108 A.3d 1280 (2015).  In its majority opinion, the Court held that a step-parent who vigorously litigated for custody rights (even though he was not biologically related to the […]

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Sherri Shepherd decision confirms surrogacy contract in Pennsylvania

November 30, 2015 | Child Custody, Child Support, Court Decisions

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In re Baby S., 2015 Pa.Super. 244 (November 23, 2015) Sherri Shepherd, one of the hosts of the ABC-TV daytime talk show “The View,” and her ex-husband Lamar Sally were married for just over a year when they arranged a surrogate to bear their second child.  Having previously given birth to a child who was 15 weeks premature (by her first husband), Sheppard was deemed to be incapable of a natural pregnancy, […]

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Failure to Report Income Results in Retroactive Child Support Award (12+ years)

September 09, 2015 | Child Support, Court Decisions

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When divorced or unmarried parents who owe child support fail to report their income to the court, the consequences can be severe.  That’s what happened in Cortes v. Cortes (non-precedential), No. 624 WDA 2014 (Pa.Super., September 3, 2015).  The mother and father in this case were divorced in Texas in 2000 after a twenty year marriage.  There was a child support order running in Allegheny County, where mother moved with […]

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