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Blog Posts in May, 2011

Case Notes: Incarceration and termination of parental rights

Under Pennsylvania law, a parent's rights may be terminated if the parent has "abandoned" the child and not sought contact for at least 6 months. In a recent case, the Pennsylvania ...
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Custody software: Our Family Wizard

Our Family Wizard (www.ourfamilywizard.com) is the most popular software program in the new field of custody software for families. With the explosion of online bill paying and social networking, many ...
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Case Notes: Voluntary Retirement and Child Support

The Pennsylvania Superior court recently dealt with the question of whether a police office voluntarily, retiring at 52, is entitled to lower his income (for child support purposes) to his pension ...
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Case Notes: Petition for Modification of Support Works Both Ways

In the recent case of Brickus v. Dent, 5 A3d 1281 (Pa. Super 2010), the Superior Court dealt with a father who had asked the court to lower his child support. The question was whether the mother could ...
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A brief history of "best interests".

The most important concept in custody is "best interests". Advancing the best interests of the child is always supposed to be the goal of the court. So, it is important to understand the ...
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Local Case Notes: March 2011 Pittsburgh PFA decision

A judge of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas has issued an interesting and potentially problematic decision concerning a recent Protection from Abuse case. On May 13, 2010, the Defendant (Mr. ...
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Summary of the New Pennsylvania Custody Law

Previous blog posts have analyzed each Section of the new Pennsylvania custody law. This post is a summary of the new law. The new Pennsylvania custody law applies to all custody cases that began on ...
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Act 112: Section 5340 - Filing charges against court appointed evaluators. Conclusion of Act 112.

Section 5340 is an interesting new provision. Custody actions often involve "psychological evaluations" of the parties parenting relationships and abilities. These evaluations are typically ...
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Act 112: Sections 5338-5339 - Best interest & Counsel Fees

Section 5338 merely restates the basic premise of custody law: the "best interests" of a child are always paramount. Under Section 5338, a custody order may be modified to serve "the ...
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Act 112: Section 5337 - Relocation (part 2)

Section 5337. Relocation continued; Part 2. Standards Once the procedures of 5337 have been followed (see Part 1) and a timely objection has been filed, the court will hold an "expedited" ...
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