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Archive for the ‘Domestic Relations / Family Law’ Category

Expungement of a Protection from Abuse (PFA) Record

April 19th, 2018

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia The Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act provides a remedy for a victim of abuse to seek protection from their abuser. A protection from abuse petition and temporary order prohibiting abuse can be obtained if there is a familial or household relationship between the victim and abuser or if they were intimate partners….


Unmarried Men: Request Genetic Testing Before Acknowledging Paternity

February 8th, 2018

By Scott M. Orloff On November 20, 2017, in a case that significantly affects paternity rights, Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed an order issued in a Philadelphia paternity action. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued an order after the trial court received results from a court ordered genetic test. The results of the test determined…


Can a Will Require Pets to be Euthanized After the Owner Dies? Estate Law in PA

December 28th, 2017

By Kathleen M. Tana Recently, a young lawyer was contacted by a client with a question. The client was a newly graduated veterinarian who had been approached with a request to euthanize two healthy dogs. The request was pursuant to a provision in the deceased owner’s will. The owner had just died and his will…


Crime and Custody: How Criminal Convictions Affect Custody in Pennsylvania

September 14th, 2017

By Brett J. Zeitlen You’re fighting for custody of your children. Does the other party have a criminal record? Do you have a criminal record? Will a judge award one party sole custody because of the conviction? Will a judge require supervision or counseling? It all depends on the crime, and whether the convicted party…


Update on Grandparent Custody in Pennsylvania

May 18th, 2017

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia The rights of parents to raise their children as they choose, without interference from others, is recognized as a fundamental right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Nonetheless, the role of grandparents in the lives of children also is recognized as important under certain circumstances when the grandparents’ involvement does not interfere with…


Understanding Custody Relocation in Pennsylvania

March 23rd, 2017

By: Scott M. Orloff If you share custody of your child or children with another adult, you should be aware of the Pennsylvania law regarding relocation of a minor child. The child custody law in Pennsylvania requires an adult to obtain either (a) the consent of every individual who has custody rights to a child…


What Is a Post Adoption Contract Agreement and How Does It Work?

February 23rd, 2017

By Kathleen M. Tana Voluntary Post-Adoption Contract Agreements, or “PACAs,” were created to provide a framework for enforceable post-adoption contact between the biological family members of an adopted child, the child, and the adoptive parents. In Pennsylvania, these agreements are created by statute. There are general terms and conditions to any PACA: 1. It must…


Couples in Civil Unions Can Now Divorce in Pennsylvania

January 26th, 2017

By Brett J. Zeitlin Same sex couples gained the legal right to marry in the state of Pennsylvania in May 2014. And along with the right to get married came the right to dissolve that marriage through divorce. Now, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has taken things a step further. Same sex couples joined in…


Pennsylvania Unilateral No-Fault Divorce Now Requires Only a 1-Year Waiting Period

October 20th, 2016

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia On October 4, 2016, a new bill was signed into law, which reduces the required waiting period to obtain a unilateral, no-fault divorce, based upon the separation of the parties, from two-years to one-year. The new law takes effect in early December 2016. Under the existing law, parties seeking a no-fault divorce…


Types of Adoption in Pennsylvania

July 14th, 2016

“Open” or “closed” are two of the many ways in which we distinguish the various types of adoptions in Pennsylvania. There are also kinship, or family adoptions, agency adoptions and international adoptions. Today, we’d like to focus on the open vs. closed distinction, as it is something that you can see in any of the…


   
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