Pennsylvania Family Law Blog – The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Pennsylvania, like many other states, has enacted a Stay at Home Order for Montgomery County residents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which includes closing business and government institutions and advising residents to remain at home. While this order is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every resident, including the elderly, children, and the immunocompromised, it has resulted in serious financial difficulties for Pennsylvania residents.
Two weeks ago, we announced the finalists for the Key to the Bright Future and began the great endeavor of selecting one winner to receive a $1,000 scholarship. After a long and difficult debate, the Law Office of Sheryl Rentz, P.C., have come to our climatic conclusion and a sudden surprise: two winners! Read the rest »
Pennsylvania courts will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020, with exception to specific cases, per an order by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The order includes Montgomery County Courts, which will also remain closed until the end of April and is open for emergency purposes from 9:00am to 2:00pm. This closure period does have the potential to be extended, depending on instructions from Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health and further orders by the state of Pennsylvania.
Another year, another amazing round of applications. Ever since the deadline for our Key to a Bright Future Scholarship passed on April 7, 2020, Sheryl R. Rentz and her staff have been hard at work reading through your applications. In that time, we’ve been inspired and intrigued at how students balance school, work, and life in the modern age – especially with the rise of social media and online life.
After a divorce or separation, it is a terrible feeling to be aware that the other parent is turning your child against you. You may dismiss it as the growing pains of child custody, but it can quickly damage your relationship with your child. If you believe you have been a victim of parental alienation, the court may choose to reverse custody, but there are also steps you can take to repair the relationship without getting the court involved.
According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, trial by combat, a term more recently made famous by the HBO series Game Of Thrones, may just be legal in Pennsylvania, however unintentionally. The journal calls it an ‘obscure loophole’ but it is a leftover law from the British rule of the thirteen colonies before the Revolutionary War.
Sheryl R. Rentz is once again honored to grace the cover of the February 2020 issue of Suburban Life with an interview with Lindsey Getz. Suburban Life is a monthly magazine that provides in-depth and localized articles to 50,000 homes in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties.
What you post on social media can be used as evidence in a child custody case. Information, even those considered private, that are culled from your profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, your dating profiles, and blogs can color your image as a responsible parent in a child custody case. This kind of evidence can be persuasive – and very damaging. That’s why we tell all of our clients to stay off social media as soon as we sign their case.
Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, child abuse consists of intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly performing acts that result in the harm of a child, including:
Child support determination is part of any divorce involving minor children. In most cases, one parent is required to pay child support to the other parent to help with the costs of raising the child. Courts follow state guidelines to determine child support as part of divorce proceedings. If the parent who is required to pay child support (obligor) falls behind in his or her payments to the other parent (obligee), he or she is in arrears. The past due amount is treated as a debt that must be repaid by law.