Yearly Archives: 2013

Marital Settlement Agreement Contains Implied Obligations

October 01, 2013 | Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Marital Property, Settlement

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In an unpublished decision, the Superior Court has considered the plight of a spouse who entered into a marital settlement agreement thinking that her husband would pursue a gas/oil lease, from which she was entitled to receive a share of the royalties. The Jenkins v. Jenkins decision (No. 1025 WDA 2012, September 26, 2013) arose from a Fayette county case, in which the wife sued the husband for breach of […]

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Same-sex Spouses Get Equal Treatment under ERISA, says DOL

September 30, 2013 | Blog, Family Law News

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Same-sex couples will be treated as equal to other married couples under the law that governs health insurance and retirement benefits for private employers.  The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued Technical Release 2013-04 (September 18, 2013), which provides: On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. . . . […]

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In-kind Distribution of Stock Disfavored by Divorce Court

A decision announced recently by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, McCulloch v. McCulloch, 69 A.3d 810, illustrates why buyouts are generally favored over in-kind distributions of stock when dividing the value of family businesses in equitable distribution proceedings. The trial court in McCulloch, faced with uncertain valuations of the businesses from both sides and a court-appointed expert, elected to award 25% of the stock to Wife and 75% to […]

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Pittsburgh Family Law Attorney Daniel H. Glasser

September 07, 2013 | Attorney Videos

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For more than two decades, Pollock Begg founding Partner Daniel H. Glasser has negotiated and tried family law cases involving complex issues such as business valuation, tax, and equitable distribution. Adept at preparing difficult cases in short time spans, Glasser is known for being a workout specialist on tough cases. His ability to think on his feet and perform quick mental calculations gives him an edge in litigating complex cases, which enables him to consult with […]

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