Author: Brian Vertz

COVID Focus: Should Family Court Adjust Child Support for Parents Unable to Work Full Time?

June 23, 2020 | Blog, Child Support, COVID-19, Divorce

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Now that many children are being homeschooled due to the COVID crisis, should the family court adjust child support for those parents who are unable to work full time? A recent decision of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania may shed light on that issue. In Deputy v. Deputy, No. 2689 EDA 2019 (April 13, 2020) (nonprecedential), the Superior Court heard a child support appeal in which the parents’ four children […]

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Modifying Pennsylvania Child Support During COVID-19 Quarantine Without Delay

April 08, 2020 | Blog, Child Support, COVID-19

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Parents wishing to modify child support orders may be stymied while the courts of western Pennsylvania are temporarily closed by the shelter-in-place orders issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Yet, many parents need immediate relief as their incomes have been reduced by COVID-19-related business closures, layoffs, furloughs and the national economic downturn. They might not want to wait a month or more for the courts […]

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Courts Now Consider Reasonable Needs in High-Income Support Cases

In high-income child support cases, the parent who is paying child support might feel the guidelines provide more income than the custodial parent can reasonably spend, particularly for an infant or toddler. On the other hand, the child support guidelines were enacted years ago to ensure that all children at a particular income level are treated the same, with predictable outcomes that encourage parents to settle out of court. The […]

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Will Divorce Be More Expensive in 2019?

July 09, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Tax Issues

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On December 31, 2018, the tax deduction for alimony will be ending under new federal tax laws.  If you are in the middle of a divorce, or thinking about it, you might want to sit up and take notice. As author of the legal tax reference Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, I’ve been reporting on and teaching colleagues all about these changes. Here are some explanations why decisive action […]

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