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Jurisdiction, Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Court

In November 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court case of T.A.M. v. S.L.M., 104 A.3d 30 (Pa. Super. 2014), addressed modification of a child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) where the parties and the child no longer reside in the state that issued the custody order. In September 2014, for the f...

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in New Jersey?

When parents choose to separate, it is often a difficult decision that greatly affects not only the adults but also the children involved. All of the changes that will need to be made may prove to be traumatic, particularly for younger children. Still, it is important for parents to be mindful of their children’s feelings and concerns -- all while trying to maintain as much normalcy as possible.

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Closed vs. Open Adoptions in New Jersey: Which is Best for You?

Choosing to adopt a child is a major decision that can be both beneficial and extremely rewarding for all involved. In New Jersey, adoptions are governed by statute (N.J.S.A. 9:3-38 et seq.). As individuals and couples begin to research their adoption options under the law, they may come across the concept of “open” and “closed” adoptions. 

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Custody and Visitation in Pennsylvania Non-Divorce Cases

Typically, issues involving child visitation and custody arise during a couple’s divorce proceedings.  However, parents are not always married when such issues arise, nor are they the only ones who may be involved in custody and visitation issues. Your Conshohocken family lawyers will tell you that besides unmarried parents, other individuals may seek visitation and/or custody of a child, in certain circumstances.

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Child Custody Orders Must Be Separate Written Orders

In January 2011, when Pennsylvania's child custody laws were rewritten, the provision in the new Child Custody Act requiring the trial courts to state the reasons for their decisions either on the record in open court, in a written opinion, or in the order was welcomed with open arms as it was believed that it would provide more transparency for th...

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Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Divorce Settlement

Divorce is often difficult to handle on many different levels. Still, it is important for the parties to allow cooler heads to prevail and make sensible decisions that are fair and beneficial. Most Conshohocken divorce attorneys know that many divorcing couples are so consumed by anger and resentment towards each other that they often make mistakes when considering the financial aspects of the divorce process.

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What Legal Rights Exist if a Parent Abducts a Child?

When issues arise between parents, there may be times when tempers flare and things are said or done that probably should not be said or done. Unfortunately, during such disputes, one party might decide to retaliate against the other party by using the child as pawn. In fact, it is not uncommon during or after divorce actions (or even separations) for one parent to unlawfully remove or hide a child from the other parent.

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Establishing Paternity in New Jersey: Why It’s Legally Significant

Many people believe that when a man’s name is indicated on a child’s birth certificate, that name is enough to establish paternity. However, that is not necessarily the case, particularly since the mother can list anyone she wants as the father of the child. Many people also believe that only DNA testing will establish paternity. Again, that is not true, as there are numerous ways in which paternity can be established in New Jersey.

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Changing the Terms of a New Jersey Divorce

Circumstances can change as time passes. At the time of your divorce, the agreements made seemed appropriate and amicable. But what happens when things change? Do you have any options with respect to requirements and conditions set forth in your original divorce decree?

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What You Need to Do to Implement Your Name Change

Name changes typically occur when an individual gets married or divorced. Whatever the reason is for the change, your Conshohocken name change lawyer knows it is important to implement that change by following a few steps after the change occurs. The process may seem tedious, but the steps are necessary, both from a personal and legal standpoint.

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