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Do I Still Need to Pay Child Support During COVID-19 Closures and Quarantines?

April 03, 2020 | Blog, Child Support, COVID-19

Icon for author Candice Komar Candice Komar

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most aspects of our lives. It’s no surprise it’s created questions and problems for parents dealing with child support and custody issues. Courts are taking the following position: A court order entered before the COVID-19 crisis is still enforceable unless it is modified. If you are able to pay, payments should be made as usual through Pennsylvania’s online payment system known as PACSES. If you […]

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How Is COVID-19 Impacting Custody Orders?

March 31, 2020 | Blog, Child Custody, COVID-19

Icon for author Todd Begg Todd Begg

Since my career began as a Pittsburgh family law attorney in 1989, the court system has never been closed for an extended period. Court closures as a result of COVID-19 distance us from key guidance in managing custody matters involving minor children of separated or divorcing spouses, causing unprecedented difficulties in determining what is “in the best interest of a child.” Without court guidance how do we avoid anarchy? The ultimate […]

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Who Gets the Ring When the Engagement Is Called Off?

November 17, 2018 | Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

Icon for author Candice Komar Candice Komar

As the holidays approach for many, it is a time of planning for an engagement. Holiday engagements frequently are rather public affairs with a profession of love and a request for commitment to marriage in front of family and friends. And of course the ring is fit for the occasion — extravagant, sparkly and beautiful. What happens, however, if down the road the couple does not get married?  Who gets […]

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5 Sets of Documents to Gather Before Filing for Support

October 09, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Child Support, Spousal Support - APL

Icon for author Joseph Williams Joseph Williams

Separating from your spouse is overwhelming, especially for someone who is financially dependent on their partner. In Pennsylvania, the law allows a parent who exercises primary custody of a minor child or a parent who has shared custody but makes less money than the other party to file for child support. Similarly, while a divorce is pending, the lesser earning spouse might have a claim for spousal support or alimony […]

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