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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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Obermayer Family Matters Blog: Schooling and Divorce

As summer comes to an end, it is important to remember divorced or non-intact families must approach their child’s schooling a little differently than intact families. For example, many intact families designate one parent to communicate with teachers, fill out school paperwork, and attend parent/teacher conferences. In a family of divorce or...

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Pennsylvania Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements, also known as premarital agreements, are agreements entered into between two prospective spouses, who contemplate marriage, and wish for the agreement to become effective upon their marriage. The purpose of the agreement, which is considered a contract between the two prospective spouses, is to set out in writing exactl...

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Fault Ground Divorces in Pennsylvania

Although most divorce complaints filed today allege either Section 3301(c), consensual grounds, or 3301(d), the expiration of a statutory two year separation period, as a reason for the parties’ marriage dissolution, a party to a divorce action still has the option of raising fault grounds under Section 3301(a), if the person raising the fa...

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What Should I Know Before Going to Court on My Divorce Case?

Family lawyer, Amy Rokuson, provides answers to some common questions about going to court for your divorce. Watch the full video to find out what to wear to court, how to address the judge and tips on other items like arrival time and parking.

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How do the Courts Handle Life Insurance?

Family lawyer, Amanda Figland, discusses the life insurance issues that can occur in a divorce process. She touches on the negative effects related to child support and alimony if an individual does not have life insurance.

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