Category: Divorce

Who Keeps the Family Pet After a Pittsburgh Divorce?

July 22, 2016 | Divorce

Icon for author Pollock Begg Pollock Begg

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 37-47 percent of all U.S. households have a dog and 30-37 percent of households have a cat. Countless more households have one or more beloved pets, including birds, horses and other animals.  But what happens to all of those pets when a couple splits and gets divorced? While you and your partner may view your furry friend […]

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Statutory Share for Surviving Second Wife Trumps Intervivos Trust Formed before Marriage

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

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

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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Cyber Civil Rights Project Helps Victims of Revenge Porn

October 27, 2015 | Divorce

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

If a nude or explicit picture or video of you has been shared publicly by your ex-spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, without your consent, there may be legal help available. Revenge porn is defined as a form of sexual abuse that involves the distribution of nude or sexually explicit photos or videos of an individual without their consent.  Typically, when spouses or intimate partners break up, one of them distributes explicit photos or videos […]

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Divorce and Discovery: Superior Court Rejects Privacy Interest to Justify Protective Order

August 21, 2014 | Court Decisions, Divorce

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Pennsylvania residents who are getting divorced may face the daunting task of answering discovery: interrogatories and document requests. Some may wonder why they must produce personal information, such as checking account records that show purchases made long after a marital separation, or tax returns that include the income of a new spouse. Will the Pennsylvania courts enter a protective order to prohibit the discovery of personal information? A recent en […]

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