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Pennsylvania Divorce Trial Lawyers

When can Divorce Cases go to Trial in Pennsylvania?

Divorces in Pennsylvania can be done two ways. For a “no-fault” divorce, the parties can apply to a court together and, if both sides agree, a judge can grant a divorce without holding a hearing. If the parties disagree on issues, such as the division of assets, child custody issues, or one party’s “fault” in…

Philadelphia Child Custody Attorneys

New Supreme Court Ruling Highlights the Importance of Accurate Birth Certificates

Many same-sex couples across the country have gone through bureaucratic issues dealing with paperwork and filings since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country in 2015. Since then, states have been catching up – or refusing to change – their forms and records to have gender-neutral language that allows same-sex spouses the same…

Northeast Philly Divorce Lawyers

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 Philadelphia divorce attorney on your side can make that process…

Philadelphia Child Custody Attorneys

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 very little weight to the parents’ genders,…

Philadelphia Alimony Lawyers

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. Because Pennsylvania law sees it as unfair to provide a former spouse…

Philadelphia Child Support Modification Attorneys

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 numbers should be correct until 2021. This may entitle many people who are receiving…

Pennsylvania Adoption Lawyers

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 Pennsylvania, another state, another country, or adopting…

Philadelphia Divorce Lawyers

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 divorce. In reality, it’s difficult to tell what exactly the…

Philadelphia Child Support Nonpayment Attorneys

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 payments if they are too expensive, but failing to pay can lead…

Who Gets the Ring in a Divorce or Broken Engagement?

Who Gets the Ring in a Divorce or Broken Engagement?

Breaking up is hard, especially after years of marriage. Since rings are such a strong symbol of marriage, and many married people become very close to engagement rings and wedding rings, the question of who gets the rings is very difficult. Especially when wedding rings – or the engagement ring – are worth a lot…

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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. If you have felt threatened, do not hesitate to seek a protection from abuse order. …

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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. In a standard, closed marriage, parties can get divorces based…

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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 paying alimony, a big job change might be enough to…

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Breaking Off an Engagement in Pennsylvania

Historically, engagements were about as legally binding as a marriage. Today, though, engagements are very different. Ending an engagement is not as complicated as a divorce, but does have some complicated legal principles to account for. Our Philadelphia divorce lawyers explain some basic points about recovering wedding-related expenses after an engagement is broken off in Pennsylvania,…

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What are the Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples After a Breakup?

Marriage is not for everyone.  So many people today live together, but never actually get married.  While there are systems in place for married couples to get divorced, there is not really a similar system for unmarried couples.

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