Yearly Archives: 2011

Tracing Nonmarital Property

December 12, 2011 | Blog, Court Decisions, Equitable Distribution, Marital Property

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

A recent Superior Court decision, Childress v. Bogosian, 2011 WL 61616 (2011), illustrates the challenge of tracing nonmarital property in divorce. Under Pennsylvania law, the property owned by a spouse prior to marriage, or acquired by gift or inheritance during the marriage, or acquired after separation, is generally nonmarital property if it has not been converted into marital property by re-titling it in joint names. Still, the law creates a […]

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PA Supreme Court Custody Decision Interprets Counseling Provision of New Law

December 08, 2011 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued its first decision interpreting the counseling provision of the newly-enacted custody statute. In cases where a parent has been convicted of one of the crimes listed in the custody law, the court is required to provide counseling before rendering a custody order, as follows: (c) Counseling.—In making a determination to award custody, partial custody or visitation pursuant to subsection (b), the court shall […]

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Personal Injury Award is Marital Property, Says Pa. Supreme Court

December 05, 2011 | Blog, Court Decisions, Marital Property

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Stare decisis is a central principal of jurisprudence. That’s why it’s big news when a court explicitly overrules a long-standing precedent. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court did just that last month in Focht v. Focht, a 6-1 decision issued on November 23, 2011. In Focht, the husband suffered a personal injury at an automotive race track about 2-1/2 years before they separated. The personal injury suit was settled a few months […]

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Pollock Begg Komar Glasser to Launch New Name

December 02, 2011 | Press Releases

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Partner Brian Vertz becomes part of moniker PITTSBURGH — Pollock Begg Komar Glasser LLC will have a new name in 2012 when partner Brian C. Vertz joins the other four partners in the firm’s name. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Downtown-based, family-practice law firm will launch itself as Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC (Pollock Begg). For nearly two decades, Vertz has been representing men and women in divorce […]

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