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In Loco Parentis Status Should Start With Consent

The recent case of K.W. v. S.L. and M.L. v. G.G., 2017 Pa. Super. 56 (March 6), addresses two important issues for family court practitioners and the bench to take note. First, it addresses the collateral order doctrine and then the issue of in loco parentis standing in child custody matters. In family law cases, practitioners and ­litigants are ...

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Jurisdiction and Modifying Child Custody Orders

In Pennsylvania, jurisdiction in child custody cases is governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). Jurisdiction in child custody cases is an issue that arises often and has been seen numerous times in appellate decisions. The recent case of B.L. v. T.B. , __ A.3d __, 2016 Pa. Super 284 (Dec. 13, 2016), is the t...

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Thomas Roberto Authors New Jersey Family Lawyer Article

Thomas Roberto authored “Parenting Coordination in New Jersey: The Surprisingly Nebulous Task of Removing a Parenting Coordinator” in the New Jersey Bar Association’s New Jersey Family Lawyer Vol. 37, No. 4 - February 2017 (see p. 19).  Click HERE to read the article.

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Amy L. Rokuson and Shari B. Veisblatt author New Jersey Family Lawyer Article

Family law attorneys Amy L. Rokuson and Shari B. Veisblatt authored “The Implications of Sheridan Warnings and Potentially Coercive Effects on Settlement: Should Attorneys and Judges Think Before They Speak?” in the New Jersey Bar Association’s New Jersey Family Lawyer Vol. 37, No. 4  (February 2017); (see p. 25).  Click HERE to read the a...

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Family Law Attorney Shari Veisblatt featured in 2017 edition of Suburban Family Life,

Obermayer’s Family Law Practice attorney Shari B. Veisblatt is profiled in Suburban Family Magazine/2017 Health & Wellness Guide’s (Volume 7, Issue 10) cover and in the article, “A New Start for a New Year.”  Click here to read the article.

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Family Law Attorneys featured in December 2016 edition of Suburban Life, "Fresh Start for a New Year"

Obermayer’s Family Law Practice is profiled in Suburban Life/Montgomery County Magazine’s (December 2016) cover and in the article, “Fresh Start for a New Year”  Click here to read the article.

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Trial Court's Granting of Child Relocation to Florida Reversed

Some of the more trying and difficult child custody cases are relocation cases. Prior to the custody act of 2011, relocation cases in Pennsylvania were governed by the case of Gruber v. Gruber, 583 A.2d 434 (Pa. Super. 1990), and its progeny. The Gruber case provided a three-pronged analysis and was interpreted by numerous Superior Court cases t...

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Social Security Benefits and the Modification of Alimony

In Pennsylvania, alimony paid pursuant to a court order is modifiable upon a showing of substantial and continuing changed circumstances. This differs from alimony provisions contained in an out-of-court agreement that is incorporated into a divorce decree. In such an instance the alimony provision is governed by the terms of the contract and may o...

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$10,000 Agreement if Petition to Modify Custody Upheld

People may remember in the fall of 2014 a state Superior Court case, Huss v. Weaver, C.D. No: 2013-1209, was published where the Superior Court reversed a trial court's decision to sustain preliminary objections dismissing a complaint for breach of contract when a father did not pay $10,000 to a mother after he filed a complaint for custody, as th...

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Court May Modify Custody Without Petition to Modify

A common issue that faces ­family court judges and attorneys is whether a trial court can modify a child custody order when a matter before the court is not pursuant to a petition to modify custody. Oftentimes, this issue will present itself when a case is in court on a petition for contempt of a custody order or a petition to enforce a custody or...

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