Tag: Court Decisions

Is Parental Conflict Too Great for Shared Custody?

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Weighs Shared Custody Factors

August 12, 2016 | Blog, Child Custody

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Estranged parents in Pennsylvania might wonder whether a court is likely to award shared custody when there is parental conflict. Recently the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, in S.A.W. v. R.J.S. (non-precedential), No. 2214 MDA 2015 (August 5, 2016), heard an appeal from a Father hoping to overturn a shared custody decision. The Father argued that shared custody was not in the children’s best interests because the parents were incapable of cooperating with […]

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Text Messages as Evidence in Child Support and Divorce Proceedings

September 30, 2011 | Blog, Court Decisions

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The increasing use of electronic communications, from Facebook to text messaging, has challenged our courts to determine what is admissible evidence in family law hearings. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has recently considered that issue in a criminal proceeding where text messages were introduced to prove the defendant’s intent to deliver illicit drugs in his possession. In Com. v. Koch, 2011 Pa.Super. 201 (September 16, 2011), the Superior Court acknowledged that […]

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