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November is National Adoption Month!

November has been declared National Adoption Month with November 18th designated specifically as National Adoption Day.  The designation of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day serve to raise awareness about the thousands of children in foster care across the country who await permanent, loving homes and families. This year...

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Protection from Abuse Orders in Delaware

During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recent posts on Family Matters have explored aspects protection from abuse orders in Pennsylvania.  Like Pennsylvania, Delaware can issue civil protection from abuse orders (“PFA”). For those unfamiliar with the process in Delaware, a PFA is a civil order issued by the Family Cour...

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'Wiseman' Analysis in Shared Custody Determinations No Longer Applicable

The seminal cases regarding the awarding of shared custody are the cases of In re Wesley JK, 445 A.2d 1243 (Pa. Super. 1982) and Wiseman v. Wall, 718 A.2d 844 (Pa. Super. 1998). Under these cases, trial courts are to consider four factors when awarding shared custody. Often referred to as the In re Wesley factors or Wisemanfactors, trial cour...

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What Would Bond Do?

Recently Daniel Craig was ridiculed for carrying his weeks-old infant daughter in a papoose tied around his neck.  The negative comments, brought about by British Today star Piers Morgan, included the sentiment that by taking this action, Mr. Craig had been “emasculated.”  Perhaps Mr. Morgan believes the “tender years doctrine” still ha...

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Obermayer to Host Tax Cuts Workshop

Forensic accountant Donna Pironti, CPA, MSA, CFF and Steve Rossman, CPA, MST – both from Drucker & Scaccetti – will be presenting “Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017: A Family Law Perspective.” This presentation will discuss the changes to Individual Income taxation brackets, standard deductions, dependency exemptions, chi...

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Adult Adoption In Delaware

Many families are built or extended through adoption. Most people are familiar with the purpose and nature of adoption – the creation of a permanent parent/child relationship between a child and the adopting parents.  When a child is adopted he or she is thereafter considered the child of the adopting parents and is entitled to the same ri...

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Spoltore Awarded 2018 Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Service to Children Award

Leslie B. Spoltore has been awarded the 2018 Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Service to Children Award.  The award is given by the Delaware State Bar Association to a lawyer that demonstrates outstanding commitment to children in the provision of legal or community service. Spoltore is Partner in the Family Law Department ...

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Delaware Prohibits Child Marriage

Earlier this year Delaware enacted House Bill 337 regarding child marriage. Previously, Delaware law allowed minors to marry if a Judge of the Family Court signed an order allowing the minor to marry. In rendering a decision the Judge was required to consider the best interest of the minor, the wishes of the minor and the minor’s parents/gu...

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Dividing Personal Property In Delaware

 In addition to dividing assets and debts, Delaware Family Court has the authority to divide marital personal property such as furniture, dishes, candlesticks and televisions. If the parties cannot agree on the division of this type of property the Delaware Family Court does not typically hear evidence at trial over which party should receiv...

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Obermayer Attorney Speaking at Annual Bench Bar Conference

Philadelphia, PA – September 19, 2018 - Hillary J. Moonay, Esquire, recently returned attorney and partner of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, will be speaking at the Bucks County Bench Bar Annual Conference on a panel titled Alternatives to Litigation: Mediation for Family Law and Civil Litigation Practitioners. The panel will take p...

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