Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Step Parents Have Duty to Support Their Stepchildren After Divorce (Under Certain Circumstances)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that when a stepparent takes affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent, the stepparent likewise assumes parental obligations, such as the payment of child support. Here’s how they came to this decision Read More

Happy Holidays: A Tale of Two Households

The holidays can be an emotional period for many families and an uncertain custody schedule will only lead to additional stress. A well-written custody order can help resolve most of the issues that will arise during the holidays before they become a problem. Read More

Why the Superior Court Deviated from the Guidelines to Substantially Increase This Father’s Child Support

As practitioners, we are often faced with cases where a party, or both parties, have remarried. While it is commonly understood that the new spouse’s income is not income directly available for support, this case reinforces the notion that the other spouse’s income can provide justification for deviation from the guidelines to the extent it makes the payor spouse’s income more available for support. Read More

To E-mail or Not to E-mail that is the Question

More and more communication is now done with electronic mail, especially when two people don’t love each other anymore and are embroiled in a divorce or custody battle and would prefer not to talk to each other at all, let alone face to face. Here are some e-mail ground rules you should be aware of and follow now that you are a litigant or potential litigant in a family court case. Read More