Family Law

Divorce Lawyer’s Tips for Settlement Negotiations

As part of any divorce proceeding in Pennsylvania, whether it is a mutual or contentious divorce, there are always talks of settlement in one form or another.  Whether it be regarding your property, custody, alimony, or support payments, each party has their own goals and agendas and many rely on experienced Pennsylvania divorce lawyers during …

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Can Your Spouse Get Your Inheritance in a Divorce?

One question our divorce lawyers often get asked is “can my spouse get my inheritance as part of a divorce?”  Receiving an inheritance provides unique circumstances to a divorce and while these assets may seem like your personal property without question, there are a number of situations where these assets may be considered “marital property.”  …

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Leaving Your Spouse Out of Your Will? Think Again.

Through Pennsylvania estate planning and by creating a Last Will and Testament, you can dictate who receives your property after death.  Many people believe that this gives you free reign to decide who gets property and who is left out; however, in terms of Pennsylvania estate planning, there are limitations.  Pennsylvania law states that you …

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How to Get Children of Divorce the Help They Need

Divorce is a painful and disruptive transition for any family.  Particularly for children, divorce can be a traumatic event.  Vast psychological research indicates that most children experience emotional trauma as a result of divorce, even where the child seems to be displaying no outward signs of emotional problems. Unfortunately, for many families in Pennsylvania, filing …

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How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

The first meeting with a divorce lawyer is extremely important.  This is your opportunity to assess the lawyer’s competence and experience.  This is also an opportunity for you to establish certain expectations throughout the divorce process including communications with the lawyer by phone and email, fees and costs, and overall case strategy.  Lawyers get paid …

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The Pitfalls of Facebook During Divorce: Thoughts from PA Divorce Lawyers

As social networking sites such as Facebook have become embedded in everyone’s lives, it is vital to be cautious of what information is posted with your name attached.  This is particularly important during a divorce proceeding, and experienced PA divorce lawyers are often the first to explain this issue to clients who are considering divorce …

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Filing for Divorce in PA? 5 Things You Must Consider First

Thinking about getting a divorce in Pennsylvania?  In addition to surrounding yourself with the advice and support of family and friends, there are five (5) basic things you can do to help you throughout the process. 1. HIRE THE RIGHT PA DIVORCE LAWYER There are many divorce lawyers, but you should choose the right one …

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PA’s New Child Custody Law – Act 112 of 2010

Pennsylvania child custody cases are now governed by PA’s new child custody law, Act 112 of 2010.  The new law took effect on January 23, 2011.  The law states, “it is public policy of this Commonwealth, when in the best interest of the child, to assure a reasonable and continuing contact of the child with …

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