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New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this legislation will make the lives of abused spouses across the commonwealth safer.” Continue Reading

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What’s in a Name?

As Juliet stated to Romeo in Shakespeare’s tale of star crossed lovers, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Her statement emphasizes her love for Romeo as an individual, not as an extension of his family or of course his family surname of Montague. So where did the concept of a women “t...

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Custody Modification: Courts Can Do It Without A Petition To Modify If Proper Notice Is Given

A lot of times when parents file petitions with the court regarding enforcing a custody order or contempt, they also want the court to adjust the custody order.  Some think that the court can only change the custody order if a petition to modify custody is filed.  That is not the case. Continue Reading

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Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone from a shared residence, to obtain temporary custody of children or to get control over financial records and personal pr...

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You are not alone: The importance of assembling a team of divorce professionals to guide you through your divorce

Ending a marriage is never an easy process. It most likely will be emotionally draining, financially difficult and extremely stressful. It is important to know that you are not alone and there are countless professionals who can guide you through this difficult time in your life so you can better manage your situation, your finances and your fami...

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STALKING: From Adele to Andrews

Under the Protection from Abuse Act, abuse is defined as The occurrence of … the following [act] between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or persons who share biological parenthood: knowingly engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person [which] include[e] following the person...

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Whose Your Mommy? Legality of Surrogacy Contracts

It appears that regardless of her separation and subsequent divorce from husband, Lamar Sally, television personality, Sherri Shephard, will still retain the title of “mommy” to Lamar Sally, Jr. On March 1, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied allocatur on Shephard’s appeal on the enforceability of her surrogacy agreement, which...

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Do I have to pay for my Child’s Car Insurance?

Many divorcing or divorced parents ask whether they will have to pay for the cost of their child’s car insurance once their child reaches driving age. This is always a difficult question to answer because New Jersey law does not provide a definitive answer to the car insurance question.  We were provided with at least some clarification on thi...

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What is a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order?

Obermayer’s Central Pennsylvania family law attorney, Cara Boyanowski, discusses what a protection from abuse (PFA) order is.     Cara A. Boyanowski concentrates her practice in the field of domestic law and wills and estates.  As a domestic law practitioner, she represents clients in simple and complex divorce, support, custody, a...

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Hearts and Roses Versus GPS and Monitoring Devices

  It is hard to believe that unrequited love exists, while the scent of chocolate and roses still lingers in the air from Valentine’s Day, but on occasion, Cupid’s arrow does miss its mark and spouses may stray from their marital bonds. When this happens, what action can the injured spouse take to track down their cheating spouse withou...

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