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Parental Alienation in High Conflict Custody Cases

One of the most challenging aspects of divorce for parents is learning to move past the marital conflict in order to promote a healthy relationship between the children and a soon-to-be ex. All too often, in high conflict divorce, parents lose sight of how their behavior towards one another affects their children. Regardless of how contentiou...

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The Trials of Co-Parenting with a Histrionic Personality

Co-parenting a child with a divorced spouse is difficult enough, but what do you do when your divorced spouse is diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder? The characteristics of this disorder are that the person exhibits extreme emotions, self-dramatization, self-centeredness, shallow emotions, and constant approval seeking and attentio...

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Child Custody, Relocation, Contempt and Modification

Two of the most talked about ­issues among family law practitioners and the bench are child relocation cases and whether custody orders may be ­modified at contempt hearings. I've written numerous times on these issues. Over the years, there have been multiple cases from the state Superior Court that address these issues. Every so often, a case c...

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Enforcing Court Orders in Family Law

What happens when your former spouse or ex-partner refuses to comply with a court order? After going through a difficult court proceeding and draining your bank account to pay legal fees, it is very frustrating when the adverse party refuses to cooperate.  A court order can feel meaningless.  Here are a few things that you can do: Continue ...

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Registration of Out of State Custody Orders

Most states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This Act requires one state court to recognize the custody order of another state court.  In order for an out of state custody order to be recognized and enforced by another state, it must first be “registered.”  This entails the filing of a Peti...

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What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?

In a few short weeks, many children will be graduating from high school and will embark upon the next chapter of their lives. Whether that choice includes college, trade school, or the work force, as a divorced parent, how does this milestone affect your custodial rights and financial responsibilities toward your child? Continue Reading

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If You Have Plans to Travel with Your Children This Summer Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know

DOES YOUR CUSTODY AGREEMENT OR ORDER PROVIDE FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION – Most custody orders require parents to exchange information regarding travel with the children. Generally you will need to provide, in writing, the itinerary, including dates of travel, flight information, if applicable, phone number and address of where the children...

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Can the Court Make Me Vaccinate My Child?

  Vaccination has become a hot topic amongst parents who are involved in a divorce or child custody dispute. If one parent believes in vaccination and one parent does not, the decision to vaccinate your child may not be your decision to make. Continue Reading

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In Loco Parentis Status Should Start With Consent

The recent case of K.W. v. S.L. and M.L. v. G.G., 2017 Pa. Super. 56 (March 6), addresses two important issues for family court practitioners and the bench to take note. First, it addresses the collateral order doctrine and then the issue of in loco parentis standing in child custody matters. In family law cases, practitioners and ­litigants are ...

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Custody Dispute in Scarlett Johansen’s Divorce

In an example of life imitating art, Scarlett Johannsen has found herself in the middle of a civil war. The Captain America: Civil War star has been embroiled in a now public child custody dispute with her estranged husband, Romain Dauriac.  The two celebrities were negotiating a settlement behind closed doors. However, since filing for divo...

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