A Primer on Divorce

            Your spouse just announced he or she wants a divorce and you do not know the next steps.  Generally, there are multiple claims which can be made in the context of a divorce matter. Those claims include equitable distribution (distribution of assets), alimony (support of a spouse after the divorce decree is entered), and counsel… Read More

The Nuts and Bolts of Being Reimbursed for Expenses Outside Your Monthly Support

            As part of a support action, the person seeking support will be awarded a set monthly amount of child and/or spousal support per month.  However, you may have other expenses, such as childcare, unreimbursed medical expenses, or extra-curricular activities the children participate in that you want the other party to share in paying.  How,… Read More

Going to the Chapel and I’m Gonna Get Married…. Premarital Agreement Tips

            So you have picked out the wedding rings, booked the band and confirmed your honeymoon reservations with your travel agent, but have you signed your premarital agreement?  Here are some tips you should keep in mind to make sure that your premarital agreement is signed before you get married and hopefully with as little… Read More

Your Child is Graduating – How Will You Pay College Tuition Now That You Are Separated or Divorced

                        Spring has sprung and it brings high school graduates who will be heading off to college.  You can hear the pomp and circumstance music playing as you proudly watch your child march across the stage and receive their diploma.  But….you have a pit in your stomach when you think about how you are… Read More

Shared Legal Custody: Options for Parents Who Can’t Seem to Agree

            In Pennsylvania, both parents generally share legal custody of their children. “Legal custody” is defined as “[t]he right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including, but not limited to, medical, religious and educational decisions.”  Typically, the decision as to whether a child will participate in an extracurricular activity (especially if that… Read More

Changes in Child and Spousal Support for 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, the Supreme Court adopted new and revised child and spousal support rules.  This is nothing surprising or unusual since the Guidelines are reviewed every 4 years.  Here is a summary of the changes which may impact your support matter:             1.         Under the old Guidelines, there was an artificial reduction in… Read More

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

You’ve made the decision to take the first step toward divorce, and you’ve scheduled an appointment to consult with a lawyer knowledgeable in family law.  This is a big step, rife with anxiety, sadness, apprehension, and, most likely, a hundred other emotions.  However, in the midst of the emotional turmoil, you also want to make… Read More

Custody Considerations – How to Survive the Holidays

            It is October 28 as I am writing this Blog and Halloween is a few days away, Thanksgiving will be shortly before or after this post is published with Hanukah and Christmas shortly thereafter.  The holidays can be a stressful time for parents and children in intact families, let alone for families whose parents… Read More