Header graphic for print
Pennsylvania Family Law Updates, Events & Useful Tips Surrounding Family Law Issues

Tag Archives: Abuse


Posted in Adoption, Child Abuse, Custody

We’ve written about the process of terminating a parent’s custodial rights to their child an different cases presenting unique and unusual circumstances. In some instances, the process is almost rote due to parental ambivalence to the situation; the parent has made no real effort to be a parent to the child and allows the process… Continue Reading


Posted in Child Abuse, Evidence, Practice Issues, Protection from Abuse

Like many border areas of states, living in eastern Pennsylvania commonly results in legal issues which “span the river” into New Jersey, New York, Maryland, or Delaware (for our colleagues in the central and western part of the state, you can add West Virginia and Ohio); states with distinct laws and procedures from each other.… Continue Reading

Temporary PFA Orders Require Ex Parte Hearings

Posted in Practice Issues, Protection from Abuse

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently rendered an Opinion in the case of Ferko-Fox v. Fox, 2013 Pa.Super 1888. This Opinion is important from the standpoint that it affirms the requirement listed under 23 Pa.C.S.A. §6107(b)(1) that a Protections From Abuse petition requires an ex parte hearing to determine if there is immediate and present danger requiring… Continue Reading

Emotional Abuse Just as Harmful as Physical Abuse

Posted in Custody

v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} In July of this year USA Today published an article by Kim Painter, highlighting a… Continue Reading

Britsh Study Connects the Stress of Divorce to Excessive Alcohol Consumption Among Teens

Posted in Divorce

A British think-tank recently published a study on excessive alcohol consumption which found a correlation between the children of divorce and what they defined as “problematic drinking behaviors.”  As reported by James Hall, the Consumer Affairs Editor of The Telegraph, the group, Demos, found that sixteen year olds who had “disengaged parents” and were subjected to the instability… Continue Reading

Indirect Criminal Contempts in PFA’s Net Multiple Convictions

Posted in Practice Issues, Protection from Abuse

Protection from Abuse (aka “PFA”) Orders are Pennsylvania’s version of what is colloquially known as the “restraining order.” What makes the PFA unusual is that it is a civil action, but has a criminal component to it, namely the punishment for violating the PFA: jail. One of America’s longest standing legal traditions is that a defendant… Continue Reading

Short Deadline Prevents Battered Spouses from Raising “Innocent Spouse” Defense

Posted in Equitable Distribution

Not surprisingly, the two year rule has been coming under fire in Congress with the introduction of legislation by presidential candidate and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, as well as a demand by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus that the IRS review the two year deadline. With respect to divorce, particularly in Pennsylvania where two years of… Continue Reading


Posted in Divorce

Though this blog typically addresses current issues in Pennsylvania family law, I thought it was worth noting the passing of a long standing member of the Pennsylvania Senate, Senator Michael A. O’Pake. Among his many accomplishments and legislative efforts, he authored or helped spear-head many laws pertaining to family law, including the adoption of no-fault… Continue Reading