Category: Child Custody

Child Custody and Religion

September 04, 2018 | Child Custody, Court Decisions, Divorce, Legal Perspective, Religion

Icon for author Dan Glasser Dan Glasser

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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Separation and Divorce: Where Do I Start?

August 31, 2018 | Child Custody, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Legal Perspective

Icon for author Jennifer Zofcin Jennifer Zofcin

When contemplating separation and divorce, a multitude of questions converge. The task at hand seems impossibly large. Here is a method of arranging the steps to ease the stress of starting your divorce. Collect and preserve information. Copy one year of statements for all accounts, including mortgage, credit cards, loans, bank/investment accounts, retirement and life insurance.  Copy three to five historical tax returns with all attachments. Review cash reserves. Familiarize […]

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10 Co-parenting Tips for Divorcing Parents

November 29, 2017 | Child Custody, Divorce, Legal Perspective

Icon for author Robert Raver Robert Raver

For divorcing parents, perhaps the most important co-parenting issue – or hurdle – is how to effectively communicate with the other parent, with whom you may have been unable to communicate about your relationship. As Pittsburgh custody attorneys, we have seen firsthand evidence of how effective communication helps to avoid much conflict in shared custody arrangements. Here are 10 co-parenting tips from our Pittsburgh custody attorneys to assist a divorcing […]

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Who Gets the Dog (or Cat) in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

November 20, 2017 | Child Custody, Divorce, Legal Perspective, Marital Property

Icon for author Candice Komar Candice Komar

It is a sad fact the law has not kept pace with the level of attention, money and emotional investment our society has poured into our pets. Pittsburgh family law attorneys will tell you in Pennsylvania divorces, pets are treated merely as property. No best interest analysis is conducted, nor any other process close that could render effectively looking after the welfare of a pet. Indeed, no provision in the […]

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Child Support Liens Examined by Pennsylvania Superior Court

Law Provides Two Alternative Methods

October 02, 2017 | Child Custody, Child Support, Legal Perspective

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

When a parent who owes child support attempts to sell real estate, or collects a lump sum payment from a government agency, the law may authorize an automatic child support lien to collect the support arrears.  If the child support arrears are less than $5,000, the automatic child support lien imposed by 23 Pa.C.S. § 4308.1 may not apply, but the child support agency has the option of pursuing a […]

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Establishing Paternity

March 24, 2017 | Child Custody, Legal Perspective

Icon for author Dan Glasser Dan Glasser

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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