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WHAT’S IN A NAME? MORE THAN YOU THINK

Posted in Adoption, Custody, Practice Issues

Periodically I am asked questions about name changes for children or whether a mother is obligated to use the biological father’s last name for the child (answer: she’s not). A child’s last name is obviously an important and complicated issue that relates to the child’s identity and understanding of their history and parents. Mishandling a… Continue Reading

New Rule Makes for Easier Evidence

Posted in Practice Issues, Support

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More from Berks Co.: Court Sets Forth the Standard for a Petition for Modification of Support

Posted in Support

Darcy Williams of our Chester County office recently provided an entry to our firm’s Berks County legal blog by discussing how the Court of Common Pleas dealt with a support modification which was filed less than twenty days after an agreed order went into effect.  Citing the Pennsylvania Support Code with respect to filing modifications… Continue Reading

Emotional Abuse Just as Harmful as Physical Abuse

Posted in Custody

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Delaware Court Case Offers Criteria for Awarding Child Tax Exemptions Among Parents

Posted in Practice Issues, Support

The allocation of child tax dependency exemptions is a topic of discussion among our clients on a frequent basis. While the guidelines issued by the I.R.S. dictate who is eligible to claim the children, in Pennsylvania the issue may be raised in the context of child support under Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1910.16-2(f). The… Continue Reading

Dealing with Support Overpayments

Posted in Support

Along with the recent revision to the standing provision of Rule 1910.3, the Pennsylvania legislation also made revisions to Rule 1910.19, which addresses the relatively rare, but frustrating issue of support overpayments. Addressing overpayments related to child or spousal support can be frustrating for the party paying support (the “payor” or “obligor”) because of the… Continue Reading

Football Fans Fall for Sherriff’s Child Support Sting

Posted in Support

When it comes to enforcing child support orders, Pennsylvania’s Domestic Relations Offices rely on Rule 1910.20 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and its accompanying rules. These rules allow for the increasing of the arrears payments; seizing income such as tax refunds or settlement proceeds; imposing liens on real property; or even the suspension of the… Continue Reading

ADOPTION IN PENNSYLVANIA

Posted in Custody

I frequently blog about custody issues. However, at the start of the new year, I thought it apt to blog about beginnings, especially beginning a family. Many people want a child to raise and love. That desire transcends race, age, marital status and gender issues. Although the law is slow to follow societal changes, it eventually gets… Continue Reading

WHAT TO TELL YOUR CUSTODY LAWYER

Posted in Custody

There is nothing worse than being in a legal battle regarding who gets to see and care for your child(ren). Usually the battle is with the other parent, but sometimes it is with a grandparent or other family member, or a local child welfare agency. No matter who is involved, this case will make you scared, angry… Continue Reading

QUICK NOTE: Personal Injury Attorneys Have an Obligation to Satisfy Support Arrears

Posted in Support

Pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 4308.1, proceeds from a "monetary reward", such as a Personal Injury Award, are subject to a lien for child support arrears.  Parties and their attorneys have obligations under the section of the Domestic Relations Code.  Basically, documentation must be provided by the party to the attorney, and the attorney must… Continue Reading