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Why is establishing paternity important?

Family law matters, as it relates to child custody, tends to favor mothers. If you are a woman, this is a good thing. If you are a father who is hoping to secure parental rights, then this may pose as a barrier. For these men, establishing paternity can be a crucial first step. Yet, mothers, too, can find establishing paternity just as important.

Pennsylvania's calculation of child support

Raising a child can be quite expensive. When young, children will need diapers and baby food as well as childcare. As they age, the expenses may change, but they remain constant. School supplies, clothing, food and extracurricular activities can all put a massive dent in parents' wallets. While covering these costs can be difficult for just about anyone, it can be particularly challenging for single parents.

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The decision to get married is often one that is made out of love, and this is rightly so. Yet, despite the flood of emotions a couple may feel when they decide to take the plunge into matrimony, they need to realize that they are not only making a decision based on what they feel in their heart, but they are also making a decision that can impact their wallet.

Is an inheritance subject to property division in divorce?

Divorce can be a big decision, not only because of the emotional ramifications that can come with ending what was once a strong relationship, but also because of the financial impact it can have on an individual's post-divorce life. Of course, child support and alimony can play key roles in the financial outcome of a marriage dissolution, but perhaps an even bigger piece of the financial picture is property division. Pennsylvania recognizes equitable distribution of assets upon divorce, which means that property is divided in a way that is fair but not necessarily equal.

Why would I want to enter into a prenuptial agreement?

If you're about to get married, then you may find yourself concerned about a number issues; not least amongst them is your finances. Sure, you've probably discussed a budget with your soon-to-be-spouse, but since you've likely heard a number of horror stories involving divorce and financial ruin, you might be worried about what will happen should your relationship with your spouse sour.

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.

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