Tag: Child Support

Constructive Notice is Sufficient in Child Support Cases

April 30, 2010 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

In Murphy v. Murphy, a recent Superior Court decision, the father appealed a support order entered in absentia because he claimed that he never received notice of the June 2008 support hearing. The father argued that the notice mailed to him was too late (less than 20 days before the hearing, contrary to Rule 1910.6) and was not adequately proven to have been mailed at all, since the only evidence […]

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Premature Termination of Child Support Reversed, Affirmed

April 27, 2010 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

In the recent Superior Court decision, Castadi v. Castaldi, the Domestic Relations Section mailed notices to the child’s mother inquiring whether child support should terminate in January 2007, when the child would be eighteen years old. Mother did not respond to the inquiries, and the Domestic Relations Section terminated child support. Unbeknownst to the DRS, the child had not yet completed 12th grade. In the summer in 2007, the mother […]

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Six Most Important Child Support Cases

March 01, 2010 | Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions, Divorce

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

For each of the past four years, I have been privileged to teach lawyers about the latest developments in child support as one of the hosts of Family Law Update, a satellite broadcast presentation sponsored by the Pennsyvlania Bar Institute. Since I joined the panel in 2005, several important decisions have influenced the direction of Pennsylvania child support law. Here is my summary of the six most important cases (and […]

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