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Looking at child custody factors in Pennsylvania, P.2

In our previous post, we began discussing the topic of the best interests of the child and how family courts make child custody determinations in Pennsylvania. As we noted, Pennsylvania judges have wide discretion in making these decisions and, as in other states, weigh a number of factors in determining what arrangement is best for a child.

Looking at child custody factors in Pennsylvania

Child custody is an important issue in divorce, and typically the most important issue for divorcing parents. One of the challenges parents can face in child custody proceedings is that the mode of advocacy is different than it is for financial matters. Whereas financial disputes in divorce are aimed at representing the rights and interests of each spouse against the other, child custody is not primarily about either of the parents.

Preparation - The Key to Success: Part I

As an experienced Pittsburgh attorney, I now remember back to having a guest speaker in my first year of law school. He was a gentlemen in his mid 40's that had graduated from our law school. He now had a thriving and successful practice in Washington DC. The speaker, whose name I can not remember, said something that has stuck with me for over 25 years. I can remember what he said like it was yesterday because the gentleman said something I simply did not believe.

Annulment - A Family Law & Divorce Issue

Although it is a somewhat rare occurrence, an interesting family law question I occasionally encounter is that of annulment in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the law establishes a very specific set of circumstances under which one can have a marriage annulled. Unlike in Nevada, where you can obtain an annulment from the same Elvis impersonator that married you 12 hazy hours earlier, in Pennsylvania, there are five justifications that are accepted by the Court for annulment.

Who gets the ring if . . .

I recently received a call from my friend's son. He was excited. He had met the girl of his dreams and he was about to take the big step and buy a ring. As he was planning on spending about $15,000, his Dad suggested that he call me, a Family Law attorney, to get "the legal low down" on engagement rings (i.e. who gets the ring if the couple ultimately does not get married).

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