Category: Court Decisions

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Grandparent Custody Law

Parents' Marital Separation is Not Enough

September 17, 2016 | Child Custody, Court Decisions

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Grandparents who seek custody rights faced a setback this month when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a portion of the law that allowed grandparents to sue for custody when the children’s parents were separated for at least six months.  The Supreme Court, in D.P. and B.P. v. G.J.P. and A.P., No. 25 WAP 2016 (September 9, 2016), examined the grandparent standing law, that defines which grandparents may sue for custody rights.  The law, […]

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QDRO Divides Pension at Retirement Date Unless Agreement Specifies Otherwise

May 14, 2016 | Court Decisions, Equitable Distribution

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Bortz v. Bortz, No. 1147 MDA 2015 (April 27, 2016)(non-precedential) Husband in this case was a Williamsport police officer who entered into a settlement with his wife when they divorced.  Their agreement provided that she would receive fifty-five percent (55%) of the “marital portion of Husband’s retirement account(s) and/or pension plan(s) through his employment with the City of Williamsport.” The “marital portion” would be determined “pursuant to current law,” said […]

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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C.O. aka C.G. v. N.G., No. 808 MDA 2015 (April 26, 2016)(non-precedential) In 2014, Father petitioned to modify his support obligation due to a medical condition known as thalassemia major, which is an inherited blood disorder that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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Statutory Share for Surviving Second Wife Trumps Intervivos Trust Formed before Marriage

January 14, 2016 | Court Decisions, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

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The Superior Court addressed a novel question in Trust under Deed of David P. Kulig, 2015 PA Super 271 (December 24, 2015), a dispute between the second wife of a decedent and the children of his first wife. The decedent David Kulig formed a revocable trust while married to his first wife Joanne, providing that his children would receive the principal balance of the trust upon his death if Joanne […]

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