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"You Can’t Fix Stupid" – The Effects of Social Media and Family Law

I was watching the Today show and viewed a story about Whitney Beall, a twenty-three year old woman from Lakeland, Florida, who was arrested for drunk driving after several people witnessed her “antics” on Periscope, a live-steaming social media site. During her “twenty minutes of fame,” Ms. Beall can be witnessed slurring her speech, dri...

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How Does Child Support Work in Pennsylvania?

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Father Plus Step-Father Equals Happy Bride!

Pennsylvania child custody laws have always favored a parent above a nonparent when awarding physical custody rights. In fact, there is a strong presumption in all custody cases that a parent should be awarded physical custody over a nonparent under any circumstance, except when there is clear and convincing evidence that the child’s best int...

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Can I Date After I Separate?

Rumor has it that Miss Piggy, after separating from her long-time love Kermit the Frog last month, has publicly announced her readiness to begin dating again. In fact, a photograph recently surfaced in which Miss Piggy and Dancing with the Stars alumni Derek Hough were seen in a warm and intimate embrace.  Is this type of behavior acceptable...

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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Do Protection From Abuse Orders Work?

The recent murder-suicide in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, of Stacey Pennington, a Mount Gretna business owner, and her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Lynn Derr, who she had obtained a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) against last December, has again sparked controversy over PFAs; namely, do they work? Ellen Kramer, legal director for the Pennsylvania Coal...

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Religion Versus Government: The Current State of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in the South

On June 26, 2015, a few hours after the United States Supreme Court made its legendary decision to legalize same-sex marriage, many marriage clerk offices in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky, better known as the “Bible Belt states,” closed their doors and refused to issue any marriage licenses. These officials hel...

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Religion Versus Government: The Current State of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In the South

On June 26, 2015, a few hours after the United States Supreme Court made its legendary decision to legalize same-sex marriage, many marriage clerk offices in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky, better known as the “Bible Belt states,” closed their doors and refused to issue any marriage licenses. These officials...

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International Custody in Relation to the Kelly Rutherford Custody Trial

International custody has come to the forefront recently with the custody battle raging between United States actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband, German businessman, Daniel Girsch, over the physical custody of their two minor children. When the parties separated in 2009, and subsequently divorced in 2010, they agreed to a 50/50 physica...

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How Does Ashley Madison Membership Affect PA Divorces?

Ashley-Madison is a controversial online dating/social networking service, based in Canada, which markets to married individuals or those in a committed relationship. Its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” The site, which was launched in 2001, has more than 124 million visitors each month. On July 15, 2015, the site was hacked...

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