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

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

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

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

Surviving the Holidays: Practical Tips to Sharing Custody Over the Holidays

Each year, fall brings a new school year, cooler weather, and the beginning of the holiday season.  The holidays can be difficult even for intact families, but for parents who live in separate households, the holidays often come with added strife and tension, as parents try to navigate and schedule multiple events, celebrations and family… Read More

Heading Back To School: Practical Tips for Parents

It’s September and that means back to school for kids and parents.  Undoubtedly your child’s school probably has a back-to-school night where parents can meet the teacher face to face (or maybe on ZOOM depending on your district and their COVID-19 policies) so you, as a parent, can get the so-called lay of the land… Read More

How Does Medical Marijuana Use Affect Child Custody?

In early 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Medical Marijuana Act (25 P.S. §10231), which permits marijuana to be used for the treatment of certain conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, severe chronic or intractable pain, autism, and anxiety disorders.  While this Act has enabled… Read More

Are Stimulus Payments and PPP Loans Income for Support Purposes?

With the pandemic, a new source of revenue has been found for parents and businesses. Each stimulus package passed by Congress has come with stimulus payments made to individuals making less than a certain threshold, with payments not only for the parent but also for any qualifying child. Similarly, businesses have been permitted to borrow funds in… Read More