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Talented child, higher child support obligation?

  The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of  parents posting a video of their children belting out a song, performing a dance routine, creating a breakthrough in science or excell...

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Pitt/Jolie Ongoing Saga

On September 14, 2016, child abuse allegations were raised against Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt. The allegations were brought by Pitt’s now estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, the mother of his six children.  Now, after eight long weeks of investigations and Pitt not being able to share any quality time with his children, the Los Angeles ...

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Sharing the Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, clients often wonder how the first Christmas that the parties are separated will be handled, especially what will happen with the children.  Will Santa Claus really visit both Mom and Dad’s house?  Can the children eat two Christmas meals with turkey dinner at Grandma’s and Christmas Ham at Aunt Susan’...

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Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Those who handle child custody cases are ­familiar with this concept. However, the U.S....

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Is it Possible to Undo My Divorce?

You and your spouse signed the settlement agreement, the court entered your divorce, a few weeks or months have gone by, but now you regret some or all of the terms of your divorce.  Maybe you think you could have gotten more money from your spouse, maybe you think you were pressured into entering into the agreement or maybe you wish you had...

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How Can I Get a “Quickie” Divorce?

This is a question that I am often asked—and for good reason.  The divorce process can be emotionally and economically draining.  Simply put, no one wants to litigate for longer than he/she needs to. Many people that I talk to believe that there is no real answer to this question, i.e. divorce always has to be a long and painful process—l...

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Pennsylvania Wiretap Laws in the Wake of the West/Swift Snapchat Debacle

Last month, a recorded conversation between Kanye West and Taylor Swift was posted by video on Snapchat by Kim Kardashian West. The video post contained discussions between West and Swift surrounding lyrics from West’s “Famous” soundtrack.  Not knowing the conversation was being recorded, the Wests may now be criminally charged and S...

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Divorce Settlement Meetings – Tips for Success

Clients often think that once attorneys are involved in a divorce case it automatically means that they will not be able to settle their case without court intervention. However, even when attorneys are involved, cases settle out of court. A ‘four-way meeting’ (as we often refer to these conferences) is a session where the attorneys and the c...

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My Child is Turning 18. . . Do I Have an Obligation to Pay Child Support?

In Pennsylvania, once a child turns 18, he or she no longer is subject to the jurisdiction of family court and therefore the child can chose where he or she resides. However, if the child is attending high school a parent has a duty to support that child until he or she graduates high school.  In the event the child is under 18 when he or she ...

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Can I Sue My Former Spouse For Destroying My Relationship With My Children?

Sometimes in custody disputes, one parent attempts to get a leg up in the custody case by bad-mouthing the other parent to the children. Additionally, in more extreme cases, a parent in a litigation may even try to persuade a child to make false claims of abuse or neglect against the other parent.  Courts take these matters very seriously an...

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