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File for Divorce Now—or Wait?

File for Divorce Now—or Wait? Many people struggle emotionally with the decision to file a divorce complaint.  Divorce is not something that anyone pursues lightly. Most people want to be sure that they have exhausted every effort to work issues out with their spouses before they file for divorce. For those people who are struggl...

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Can I Remove My Spouse From Our Home During the Divorce Litigation?

  We know how difficult it is to remain under the same roof with your spouse during a divorce. Generally, during an initial consultation, clients always ask us what is the quickest way to remove his/her spouse from the marital residence. Unfortunately, since generally neither party has a superior right to the home, the answer is that neithe...

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Child Custody: Determining Who Should be the Primary Custodial Parent

Many times the parent who is considered the primary caretaker assumes that he or she will automatically become the primary custodial parent.  In Pennsylvania, this is no longer the case. You can read the full post, view and subscribe to the blog by going to http://www.obermayerfamilymatters.com/

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Common Law Marriage – Fact or Fiction?

Obermayer family law attorney Stephanie Winegrad answers questions about common law marriage in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Pennsylvania you can no longer enter into a common law marriage? FACT:  In 2005, Pennsylvania abolished common law marriages prospectively.  Common law marriages entered prior to 2005 are still valid. &n...

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Obermayer’s David Ladov Discusses Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania with LXBN TV

Following up on our recent coverage here on a federal judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, Obermayer’s David Ladov had the opportunity to discuss the case with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the brief interview, he explains the background on the ruling and its immediate impact. Cl...

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Child Custody: Do Grandparents Have Any Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania?

A life changing event like a divorce or death may adversely affect the relationship between a child and a person who isn’t the child’s biological parent such as a grandparent. Various states have different laws that govern the ability of grandparents and other adults seeking custody or visitation. Pennsylvania courts recognize the rig...

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Marriage Equality: Federal Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Pennsylvania

The movement for marriage equality made significant headway in Pennsylvania this week, when the Honorable John E. Jones, issued an opinion striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage for constitutional reasons. The federal lawsuit brought by 11 gay and lesbian couples, one widow and two teenage children of a same-sex couple was origina...

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During or After my Divorce, Can I Move Outside of New Jersey

During or after a divorce, it is common for the custodial parent (the parent primarily responsible for the children’s care) to want to move to another state with the children. Perhaps the parent has a job opportunity, family, or a significant other in another state. Perhaps another state offers a lower cost of living, enabling the custodial...

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Show Me the Money! Are You Required to Prove How You Spend Child Support Payments?

Recently, Grammy Award winning rapper Clifford Harris—better known as T.I.—was back in court, but in a turn of events he wasn’t battling his usual criminal charges, instead, Mr. Harris appeared in family court to contest his ex-girlfriend’s, Lashon Dixon, petition to increase child support. Ms. Dixon has primary physical cus...

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My Husband Wants a Divorce – Can I Keep My Engagement Ring?

In Pennsylvania, gifts between a husband and wife are marital property. This is the case regardless of whether the gift was jewelry or other personal property given on an occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. You can read the full post, view and subscribe to the blog by going to http://www.obermayerfamilymatters.com/

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