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Protecting Your Parental Rights When You Use a Sperm Donor

Using a sperm donor to conceive a child isn’t as cut-and-dried, legally, as people like to think it is. This is especially true here in Pennsylvania, where genetics plays a huge role in how the law approaches paternity issues. Thus, in some cases sperm donors can sue for parental rights. Failing to protect yourself can…

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Can You Go to Jail for Failing to Pay Spousal Support in Pennsylvania?

In 2009, a Pennsylvania judge freed H. Beatty Chadwick from the Delaware County prison where he served a 14-year sentence for failing to make alimony payments. This was a record sentence for a contempt charge. Chadwick had failed to deposit a $2.5 million check into a court-controlled account, and the courts believed he hid the…

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New Tax Laws Call for New Spousal Support Strategies

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act goes into effect on December 31, 2018; as a result, people who used to pay alimony will no longer get a tax break for doing so. This is changing the face of divorce negotiations. What are your options if you are the spouse in the higher income bracket? Most of these…

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5 Things You Should Do During Your Separation

If you’re pursuing a formal separation from your spouse in Pennsylvania you’ve got at least one year before either one of you can initiate the divorce. It’s important to use this time wisely if you want to maximize your chances of obtaining a favorable divorce settlement when the dust finally settles. Chances are you will…

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Opioid Crisis Prompts Changes in Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws

As Philadelphia family lawyers we’ve fielded many questions from grandparents about whether they can sue for custody. We’ve also heard from aunts, uncles, and even family friends who want to step in when a child’s situation gets bad. Sometimes, Mom isn’t fit to raise a child. Sometimes Dad isn’t. And sometimes neither parent is. Sadly, the…

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Does Establishing Paternity Always Require a Genetic Test?

A child gets born out-of-wedlock. Or a mother lies about who the father is. Either way, a door gets opened, a door leading straight to paternity issues. Paternity cases come in two flavors. Either the parent wants to prove or secure parenting rights, or he wants to disprove paternity to avoid meeting unnecessary parental obligations,…

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4 Things You Should Never Do Before Your Divorce

As Philadelphia divorce attorneys we meet clients on a regular basis who make major mistakes before they ever come to us. We’re hoping to help you avoid some of them here and now, so your divorce case moves a bit more smoothly when the time comes. And some of the worst ones can happen not…

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4 Advantages of Keeping the Moral High Ground During a Divorce

It’s easy to let your emotions take over during the divorce. But there are major advantages to avoiding some of the typical bad behaviors some divorcees indulge in. If you can avoid yelling, name-calling, dirty tricks, manipulations and using your children as a pawn you will have won more of the divorce battle than you…

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This Divorce Strategy Will Improve Your Position

As Philadelphia divorce attorneys we see clients who come to us in a variety of emotional states. Confusion, fear, and anger are all very common, as are guilt and shame. Thus, we see a lot of clients who have no idea what they want out of their divorce. And while we can certainly help you…

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4 Things You Should Know About Divorce Trials in Pennsylvania

After numerous rounds of motions, proposals to settle from one side or the other, and the making of emergency arrangements, it’s become clear. You and your spouse are never going to settle your issues without a trial. It happens. As Pennsylvania divorce attorneys we find many of our clients are quite intimidated about the trial…

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