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What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is a highly contentious subject which often comes into play during high-conflict custody disputes. It is a subject which makes an already complex problem more complex, and demonstrates why nobody who has children should even think about divorcing pro se. The term made its first appearance in 1985. It describes the phenomenon by…

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Why Your Temper is the Biggest Liability in Your Custody Case

Custody cases are terrifying. Emotions run high. But as Pennsylvania divorce attorneys, we routinely counsel our clients to stay as calm as possible. Get therapy, meditate, do whatever it takes, but control your emotions: especially your temper. A loss of temper can come back to haunt you, even if you think nobody’s watching. It almost…

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5 Ways to Waste Your Energy During a Divorce

As Philadelphia family attorneys we end up having to correct a lot of misconceptions about divorce. These misconceptions can impact how clients try to approach their divorce, and can lead them to wasting a lot of energy. Sometimes this wasted energy just prolongs the process. Sometimes it leads to making bad decisions. Either way it…

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Will My Child Have to Appear in Divorce Court?

As Pennsylvania divorce attorneys we hear from many parents who are concerned about the prospect of their child being called to testify in child custody proceedings. Most are concerned their children will be traumatized by this event. Fortunately, we can say with some ease that the worst fears of these parents rarely come to pass,…

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What You Need to Know About Supervised Visitation

As Philadelphia family lawyers we get a lot of questions about supervised visitation. It can be confusing, even distressing, to hear you can’t see your child without having someone else present. Here’s what you need to know if you are the parent in this situation. If you’re the custodial parent with some questions about supervised…

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Why You Need an Attorney for Your Pennsylvania Adoption

As Pennsylvania family law attorneys we meet a lot of people who are very surprised to learn they might need a lawyer for their adoption. Often people have the idea they can just walk into an agency, follow whatever procedure the agency sets for them, pay a bunch of money, and they’re done. But adoption…

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Can An Adult Child Sue for Back Child Support in Pennsylvania?

Child support remains both a controversial and somewhat misunderstood subject. And as Philadelphia divorce lawyers, we hear a lot of questions about it, especially since a great deal of child support goes unpaid in our state. One question we sometimes get comes from an adult child, say, a college student, or a young person just…

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Co-Parenting Your Way Through the Holidays

The final quarter of the year is here, which means all the holidays are on the way. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Hanukkah. Christmas. Kwanzaa. New Years. And any other major holiday you may celebrate between now and January 1, 2019. Holidays can be fraught for divorced couples. Both parents can get pretty emotional about the significance of…

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Here’s Your Checklist for Setting Divorce Goals

In a previous post we talked about how it’s important to set some goals for your divorce so you can have a productive conversation with your attorney. Walking in knowing what you hope to accomplish is even one of the best ways to save money on a divorce, as it allows us to avoid wasting…

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Why Divorce Wrecks Your Credit, and What You Can Do About It

Divorce doesn’t have to be a source of massive financial drama, but it often is. Financial trouble can even rear its ugly head when the couple has a lot of assets. People like to blame the lawyers for this, but legal fees usually aren’t the problem. Instead, the problem tends to flow from one of…

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