It is possible to change an existing order of the court with a post-decree modification order. Post-decree petitions in Pennsylvania most often involve requests to change a Dissolution of Marriage, Annulment, Legal Separation, or Judgment of Paternity. They can be used to enforce a court order that already exists or to change a court order because of a change in circumstances.
There are a number of issues that can be handled with a post-decree motion. These include: Read the rest »
Even the most contentious of separations can be settled out of court when families choose to go through arbitration. In family arbitration, the spouses appoint an arbitrator who will help make some key determinations. This allows the separation to go quickly and with less conflict.
Going to court is expensive, you can’t choose your judge, and the private details of your divorce could be made public. In arbitration, you get to choose an arbitrator and your information will remain private. It’s advisable to consider going through arbitration if there issues you simply can’t resolve. Read the rest »
Every January, there is a significant spike in marital splits. It is unclear if this increase in the number of divorces is a result of heightened tensions during the holidays, but every year, a substantial number of families fall apart in January. If you are one of the many individuals who are about to go through a divorce, you are probably worried about how your divorce will affect your children, your property and your investments. Read the rest »
Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of the popular daytime talk show The View has been ordered to pay child support to a child that she and her former husband had through surrogacy.
According to news reports, the courts have ordered Shepherd to pay child support despite the fact that the child is not biologically hers and she is divorced from her ex-husband Lamar Sally, who is the child’s biological father. The child was conceived using Sally’s sperm, but is Shepherd’s son by law since she was married to Sally at the time and had agreed to raise the child. Read the rest »
Under current Pennsylvania law, there is a two-year statutory waiting time period in “no- fault” divorce cases. This means that the majority of separated couples in Pennsylvania cannot officially divorce until they have been apart for two years.
Recently, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted to pass House Bill 380, which will reduce the statutory waiting time period from two years to one year. The bill now goes to the Senate where it will be considered. Read the rest »
It takes a lot of courage for victims of domestic violence to notify the police. When victims of battery, rape, stalking, assault, and unlawful restraint contact the police, they expect to be protected from their abuser. But, it’s common for dangerous people to continue to break the terms of their probation and restraining orders. To deter this type of illegal activity and punish those who break the law, local police officers took part in Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail.
For the 13th year in a row, the nationwide sweep of law enforcement agencies worked to raise awareness for domestic violence issues. Sheriff’s deputies in Montgomery County arrested 17 offenders of domestic violence. According to a report in the Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch, the individuals were arrested for violations including probation violations, possession of a controlled substance, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault, resisting arrest, and failure to appear in court. Read the rest »
Social media can be a great tool to help connect people. It can also affect your life in ways you probably didn’t even think about until your divorce. Statistics show that 80 percent of divorce lawyers have used evidence from social media sites in divorce cases. You should probably look at social media use during divorces cases like you’re being given your Miranda rights every time you log onto social media: anything you post can and probably will be used against you in a court of law. Read the rest »
Anthony Anderson is a 45-year-old actor best known for his television roles on Treme, The Shield and Black-ish. According to a news report in the NY Daily News, Anderson’s wife has officially filed for divorce. They have been married since 1999 and have two children, but have been separated for some time. It is unclear from the report what may have led to the divorce, or if the television star is preparing for a drawn-out and painful custody negotiation process. Read the rest »
When couples divorce, custody is one of the most difficult issues to resolve. Not only does it apply to children, but pets as well. Pets are just as important as kids, and are usually considered a member of the family. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 27 percent of attorneys report an increase in pet custody cases over the last five years. Read the rest »
Almost half of our nation’s states are taking steps toward allowing more children to grow up with both parents in their lives after parents split. Currently, 20 states are considering measures that would change the laws governing which parent gets legal and physical control of a child after a divorce. Read the rest »