Divorce Child Custody

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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In the child’s best interests

We have covered the general laws relating to child custody and visitation rights in the event of a marriage dissolution. While the courts have general guiding laws, these laws are discretionary; the courts will always rule in...more

Can I Sue My Former Spouse For Destroying My Relationship With My Children?

Sometimes in custody disputes, one parent attempts to get a leg up in the custody case by bad-mouthing the other parent to the children. Additionally, in more extreme cases, a parent in a litigation may even try to persuade a...more

Talking to Children About Divorce

When divorcing with children, it is important to assure them that no matter what, they will be cared for and loved. Older children will know that divorce means mom and dad will be living apart, while younger children may...more

Arizona Files Thousands of Improper Child Support Liens

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) admitted recently that it filed inaccurate child support liens in at least 8,241 cases. The Department is tasked with helping enforce child support orders and tracking the...more

Divorce does not end parenthood

For many divorced parents, the thought of having to share parenting responsibilities with the person who has hurt you emotionally and/or financially may seem like an impossible challenge. However, even though your...more

Custody Modification: Courts Can Do It Without A Petition To Modify If Proper Notice Is Given

A lot of times when parents file petitions with the court regarding enforcing a custody order or contempt, they also want the court to adjust the custody order. Some think that the court can only change the custody order if...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

Grandparent Visitation: What Major v. Maguire Means Going Forward

After Anthony and Suzanne Major’s son, Chris Major, separated from Julie Maguire, the Major’s claim they continued to have a substantial relationship with their granddaughter. Suzanne Major stated she visited her...more

6 Things You Should Know about the New Child Support Law

Governor Christie rung in the New Year by signing a statute that dramatically changes New Jersey’s laws governing child support. Here’s what you should know: As a general rule, child support terminates automatically...more

Mediation and Parent Coordination Work

I am a true believer in mediation. It is honest, creative and raw. In mediation the parties are involved in their end result and can do things that a judge may not do. This week I served as a mediator and at the beginning of...more

To Bifurcate, or Not to Bifurcate: That is the Divorce Question

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible. In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the...more

When Same-Sex Marriage Ends, Ex-Spouse May Have Custody Rights

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v Hodges, in which it ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people...more

Modifiability of Written Child Support Agreement

When parties are divorced, they often detail the economic terms in a written agreement called a marital settlement agreement or a postnuptial agreement. These marital settlement agreement may contain a provision regarding...more

Shared Parenting – It’s Never Too Late to Get It Right

Shared parenting can be a very difficult road to navigate. Being a stepparent is oftentimes touted as a thankless role, where love must adhere to boundaries set by others. Blended families are often fraught with many...more

3 Keys to Child Safety

Although summer has come to a close, lots of families continue to hit the roads (and even the seas and air) on vacation over long weekends, holidays and school vacations. Most divorced families agree upon a parenting plan...more

Divorce and Custody Turns Absurd

In any divorce where custody of the children is contested, absent an agreement between the father and mother, the decision is left to the ineffective, expensive and arbitrary court system. Judicial officers (judges and...more

How to File for Divorce?

Steps to make the divorce process as painless as possible: 1. Speak with an Attorney First. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, there are complicated legal issues involved which are...more

Are Custody Laws Different in MA and RI?

Thinking of moving? Different child custody laws in each state may make things even more complicated. While the borders between Massachusetts and Rhode Island appear to be incredibly permeable, this is just not the case when...more

3 Steps to Make the Divorce Process as Painless as Possible

1. Speak with an attorney first. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, complicated legal issues, separate and apart from just the dissolution of the marriage are implicated. It is a very...more

Jurisdiction, Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Court

In November 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court case of T.A.M. v. S.L.M., 104 A.3d 30 (Pa. Super. 2014), addressed modification of a child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act...more

What to Expect in a Dauphin County Custody Conciliation Conference

All custody actions start with the preparation and filing of a custody complaint; Dauphin County is no exception. In addition to preparing and filing the custody complaint, the plaintiff to the action must also prepare and...more

Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Hi there, It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she...more

Family Law: Special Considerations When Representing Professional Athletes

While we await news of Tom Brady's Deflate-Gate appeal, the National Basketball Association playoffs coming up fast, and the latest hints that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian may not follow through with their divorce after...more

When Can a Child Pick Which Parent to Live With?

Little boy sitting next to an old suitcaseThe most common question posed to a family law attorney when discussing custody matters is at what age can my child pick with whom and where he would like to live? Most clients...more

STUDY: Divorce Custody Arrangement that Benefits Kids Most

One of the most highly debated and emotionally charged issues in parenting involve custody and timesharing arrangements. As if the end of a relationship (through separation, divorce or paternity) isn’t stressful enough, not...more

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