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Where to Start when Filing for Divorce in Northeast Philly

Where to Start when Filing for Divorce in Northeast Philly

If you are considering filing for divorce, you should always talk to an attorney. There are a few things you can do on your own, but most people are not comfortable filing documents with the court and handling their own divorce lawsuits. Having an experienced...
5 Important Steps to Win Child Custody in Philadelphia

5 Important Steps to Win Child Custody in Philadelphia

Child custody battles are some of the hardest legal battles to go through. It can feel like your entire life and your abilities as a parent are under fire. In any custody case in Pennsylvania, the courts’ first priority is the best interests of the child. Judges give...
How is Alimony Calculated in Philadelphia

How is Alimony Calculated in Philadelphia

Alimony, also called “spousal support,” is money that a former spouse pays another to help take care of housing, food, clothing, and other day-to-day expenses. Alimony is usually awarded in divorces where one party supplied most of the income while they were married....
Pennsylvania Child Support Laws 2017

Pennsylvania Child Support Laws 2017

Pennsylvania periodically updates many of its child support rules to reflect changes in society and the cost of living. Starting on May 1, 2017, Pennsylvania’s updated child support guidelines went into effect. These changes usually last for four years, so these...
Pennsylvania Adoption Requirements

Pennsylvania Adoption Requirements

Adoption is a wonderful thing. It helps children who otherwise have no home find a family that will treat them as one of their own. Before Pennsylvania law lets you adopt, there are a few requirements that must be met. Whether you are adopting from an orphanage in...
Separation vs. Divorce in Pennsylvania – What’s the Difference?

Separation vs. Divorce in Pennsylvania – What’s the Difference?

You may have heard people say that they aren’t divorces – but they’re separated. You may also be separated yourself, or considering separation. From the perspective of a non-lawyer, it may seem like it’s an alternative to divorce, or a step along the way towards...
Can You be Arrested for Not Paying Child Support in Pennsylvania?

Can You be Arrested for Not Paying Child Support in Pennsylvania?

Child support can be an extremely frustrating system for many Pennsylvanians. While it may seem like child support payments are too expensive, or the system is working against you, you should continue to pay child support. There are methods of lowering child support...
Filing a Protective Order is Free Under Pennsylvania Law

Filing a Protective Order is Free Under Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania’s “restraining orders” for abuse victims are called “protective orders,” or “protection from abuse orders” (PFAs).  Anyone who feels threatened or abused by a spouse, significant other, dating partner, or household family member can seek a PFA at no cost....
Is Adultery Grounds for a Divorce in an “Open Marriage”?

Is Adultery Grounds for a Divorce in an “Open Marriage”?

Today, “open marriages” are becoming more and more common.  In the past week, there have been dozens of news stories, think pieces, and celebrity columns about monogamy and open marriages.  Not every marriage works out, and the same is no less true for open marriages....
If I Get a New Job, Can I Get Alimony Changed in Pennsylvania?

If I Get a New Job, Can I Get Alimony Changed in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, to change an alimony order, you need to show a “material and substantial change in circumstances.”  Many times, getting a new job will count as a “material and substantial change,” and can lead to a change in alimony.  Whether you are getting or...