Author: Dan Glasser

Child Custody and Religion

September 04, 2018 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions, Divorce, Religion

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In formulating an award of child custody, in addition to physical custody, a court must decide legal custody: the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including, but not limited to, medical, religious and educational decisions. 23 Pa.C.S.A. §5322(a). The statute indicates the court may award a parent the right to make decisions regarding a child’s religion, including, but not limited to, which holidays the child would […]

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Keeping Taxes Low During Separation and Divorce

April 01, 2018 | Blog, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Tax Issues

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Divorcing couples often face disastrous tax consequences because they go from filing taxes jointly to married filing separately, which creates the highest tax burden for both spouses. But, there is an alternative. Under certain circumstances, parents with children can file as head of household. To qualify, a single or legally separated person must maintain a household for more than half of the taxable year which is the principal residence of […]

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Establishing Paternity

March 24, 2017 | Blog, Child Custody

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In Pennsylvania — just like the rest of the country — it is not uncommon for unmarried couples to have and raise children together, and for the most part, this arrangement will not lead to excessive legal friction until the couple decides to “split up.”  Fundamentally, the issue in Pennsylvania is that when an unmarried couple has a child together, paternity is not automatically established.  The father’s name is not […]

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Understanding Military Divorces

October 31, 2016 | Blog, Divorce

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There are more than 1.3 million active duty American military personnel worldwide.  Military life is difficult for the entire family from the soldier that is deployed, to the spouse and children that stay at home.  And then there are military marriages.  Only military spouses can truly understand how difficult it is to be involved in a military marriage or why their rate of divorce is more than 50 percent. Considering […]

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