Pennsylvania Family Law Blog – The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Social media has become a routine part of everyday life for the general population. It’s a great way to stay connected with family and friends and to document thoughts and experiences. However, social networking is no longer just a harmless activity relegated to the cyberworld. Posts on popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are now finding their way into the courtroom and making divorce cases even more complicated than they already are.
If you are going through a divorce in Montgomery County, it’s vital that you recognize how social media posts can have a direct affect on your case. It’s best to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney if you have any uncertainties about things you or your spouse has posted. Read the rest »
Any dog owner will tell you that he or she views that dog as a member of the family—a child even, or a “fur baby” as they are sometimes called. When an unfortunate event like divorce happens, you might expect the custody of the pet to be treated the same as child custody. However, that is not the case.
No matter how you may personally view your pet, in the eyes of the law, your pet is property. It is split up the same way other assets—such as a car, furniture, or money— are in a divorce. Read the rest »
It is common practice in Pennsylvania custody cases to give preference to the rights of biological parents. This is especially relevant in cases where custody is being decided between one parent and one non-parent, whether it is a more distant relative, such as a grandparent or aunt, or a non-related caregiver who has some interest in the child’s welfare. One situation that is particularly challenging involves a stepparent—who has been involved in the child’s upbringing from a very young age—asking for custody. Read the rest »
We are all aware of how stressful and traumatic a divorce can be and the severe impact it can have on our families. One aspect of divorce often gets overlooked: what happens to our pets? In the event of a marriage’s dissolution, this question has many divorcing couples scrambling for an answer. Read the rest »
Usually, when a judge settles a case, the ruling he or she makes is permanent. And it can only be appealed with great expense and difficulty. However, when it comes to divorce proceedings, determinations regarding child custody, child support, and alimony are not intended to be permanent, but rather can be modified if new circumstances call for it. This is especially true when the order pertains to children.
According to Pennsylvania law, “Either party to a child support order may request an order modification any time they experience a material change in circumstances such as a change in income; child care expenses; medical coverage; custody; age of the child; incarceration; relocation; disability; death; or, special needs of the child.” This means that your child support order could be subject to a change at any time, whether requested by you or by your former spouse. Read the rest »
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When you and your spouse have decided to separate, there will be many different matters to discuss and many decisions to be made, such as possession of the marital home, car, spousal support, and child custody. These issues may take months to resolve before the separation can be made legal. If children are involved in the separation, a temporary custody order is designed to address this matter to ensure that they are not adversely affected by the changes in their family situation.
Planning a vacation with your family is an exciting time. Everyone looks forward to getting out of town, particularly if you’ve decided to travel overseas. It can also be a great learning experience for your children. But if you have a divorced family situation, you may have certain stipulations within your custody agreement regarding guidelines you must follow before you take your children on a trip.
The decision to file for divorce is never easy. Even if you are sure this is the best move for you and your family, there are many life-altering repercussions of ending a marriage that must be taken into consideration. Not least of which, the actual process of going through a divorce is complicated, expensive, and difficult to navigate.