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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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Unique Case of Stepparent Owing Child Support to Stepchildren

In Pennsylvania, generally, a stepparent is not liable for child support of his or her stepchildren. The mere existence of a relationship between a child and the stepparent is insufficient to establish a support obligation for the stepparents, even if the stepparent is found to be in loco parentis to the child. The recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court...

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Family Law Attorney Stephanie Winegrad featured in February 2016 edition of Suburban Life,

Obermayer’s Family Law Practice attorney Stephanie H. Winegrad is profiled in Suburban Life /Main Line Chester County Magazine’s (February 2016) cover and in the article, “Setting the Bar.”  Click here to read the article.

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Primary Custody of Child Not Required During School Year

In September, I wrote an article regarding the case of W.C.F. v. M.G., 115 A.3d 323 (Pa. Super. 2015), pertaining to the reversal of the trial court's child custody order when the trial court's decision was inconsistent with the analysis of the child custody factors enumerated under the child custody statute. In the case of R.S. v. T.T., 113 A.3d 1...

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Cara Boyanowski Featured in Central Penn Parent

Cara Boyanowski discusses "What is Physical Custody?" in Central Penn Parent. Click here to view the full article.

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Child Custody Order Inconsistent With Factors Analysis Reversed

The recent case of W.C.F. v. M.G., 115 A.3d 323 (Pa. Super. 2015), addresses numerous issues often faced by family law practitioners. The relevant factors of the case are as follows: W.C.F. (the father) and M.G. (the mother) were previously married and had one child. The parents of the mother (who is a native of Malaysia) resided with the parties i...

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Finding the Right Lawyer: What You Need to Look For

When people find themselves in need of legal assistance, they often look to the Internet, a phone book or friends and family for recommendations. Selecting the best lawyer to handle your particular situation is often more difficult than most people realize. Despite the difficulty, choosing the proper attorney is crucial and worth taking the time necessary to do it right.

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Divorcing During Your Senior Years

Although the law governs the divorce process in general, no two divorces will be the same. This is because all divorces come with their own unique set of factors that are specific to the couple seeking the divorce. For example, one factor that can separate one divorce from another is the age of the parting spouses. When divorcing spouses are over 50 years of age, special considerations will be required under Pennsylvania law.

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Family Law Attorneys featured in June 2015 edition of Suburban Life, "Anything But Typical"

Family Law Attorneys Stephanie Winegrad, Maris Weiner & Samantha Evian are featured on Suburban Life Magazine's Lower Main Line cover and article "Anything But Typical."  CLICK HERE to read the article.

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