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Blog Posts in 2012

How Is Child Support Determined in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, child support is regulated and enforced by the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement. Child support is required in order to help children get the food, ...
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Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Child Abuse

A sad area of family law is in regards to domestic violence, abuse, and child abuse. A 25-year-old mother in Pennsylvania was arrested after her 2-year-old son was found after being locked in their ...
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Should We Seek an Annulment or File for Divorce?

Many would consider the idea of divorce today as something that is extremely common. Statistics show that around half of the marriages that occur in the United States will end at some point or ...
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The Court Speaks: Top Ten List from Generations. #10.

In Allegheny County, PA, custody cases almost always go through the "Generations" process. This starts with an educational seminar that the parties must attend, followed by mandatory ...
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New Allegheny County procedures: Bad weather, scheduling etc.

Here are the lastest changes to family law procedure in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 1. Bad weather. In case of bad weather, the Court is now posting its status on the crawl that appears at the ...
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Local Case Notes: Alimony, E.D.& counsel fees

In the local Allegheny County PA case of Casper v. Casper, Judge Marmo issued a decision concerning parties who had married in 1985 and separted in 2008, with two grown children. Husband worked at an ...
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Case Notes: Proper state for custody - Pennsylvania v. South Dakota

In the case of C.L. v. Z.M.F.H., 18 A3d 1175 (Pa. Super 2011), the PA Superior Court had to decide upon the proper state for a custody case. Father lived in Pennsyvlania. Mother lived in an Indian ...
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Case Notes: Constitutional right to free attorney for support contempt?

Question: Does a defendant have the constitutional right to a (free) attorney in connection with support contempt charges? Answer: No. A defendant facing criminal charges is constitionally entitled to ...
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Case Notes: Money from will contest is not marital

Ordinarily, money received by inheritance is not marital. 23 Pa.CSA 3501 defines marital property. 3501 also lists various types of property that are not marital. Non-marital property includes ...
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Case Notes: Termination of parental rights for an infant.

In the case of In Re: Adoption of M.R.B., 25 A3d 1247 (Pa. Super. 2011), the Superior Court overturned the Beaver County trial court decision and required the court to consider terminating the ...
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IRS "Innocent Spouse" status

The "innocent spouse" rule permits taxpayers (in certain circumstances) to get off the hook for the tax debts of their spouse, even if they signed a joint return. In 2011 the IRS announced ...
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Interview: Judge Marmo

Last blog post we provided you wtih a short interview with new Family Division Judge Alexander Bicket. Now, we provide you with a recent interview with Allegheny County, Family Division Judge Michael ...
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Interview: Judge Bicket

We had recently provided you with a two-part rundown on new Allegheny Counrt of Common Pleas Judge Alexander Bicket. Your case has Judge Bicket if you have an Allegheny County Family Division case ...
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Child Support Info for Pittsburgh

Need help with child support? Call our office now at 412.223.7907 or fill out a case evaluation form. Avram Rosen is ready to help you! The Allegheny County Family Division Court has opened up a new ...
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"Purge" payments via credit card in Washington County, PA

A payor may be found in "contempt of court" if he or she fails to properly make support payments. In that case, the court will often order "purge payments" as a condition of curing ...
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Case Notes: Incarceration and termination of parental rights

People often confuse the terms custody and parental rights. Put simplistically, physical custody is the right to spend time wth a child and legal custody is the right to make important decisions on ...
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Support Overpayments

Pennsylvania law provides many remedies if support is underpaid. But how does the court deal with overpayment of support? An overpayment is created when the obligor pays more support than needed ...
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Case Notes: New Custody Law Interpreted - Crimes and Counseling

The PA Supreme Court case pf DRC v. JAZ (published November 23, 2011) is the first to interpret the crimes/counseling provision of the new custody law enacted in 2011 (Act 112). This law went into ...
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2012 Guide to Washington County Family Court Personnel

JUDGE : Family law cases are now administratively guided by the new judge, the Honorable Gary Gilman. Judge Gilman generally hears all family law motions and is also the final trier of fact for family ...
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Part 2: Judge Alexander Bicket's policies and procedures

Judge Alexander Bicket replaces the departing Judge Ignelzi (who has moved to Criminal Division). If your case was previously assigned to Judge Ignelzi ("judicial suffix" 009), then it will ...
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New Family Law Judge for Allegheny County PA - Alexander Bicket. Background.

Judge Alexander Bicket is the newest Allegheny County PA Family Division judge. His judicial suffix is 009. Judge Bicket replaces Judge Ignelzi, who has transferred to Criminal Division. Judge Bicket ...
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2012 Guide to Allegheny County Family Court Personnel

Below is a list of the Allegheny County, PA family division judges. You can determine the judge assigned to your case by the "judicial suffix" assigned to your case: 001 Judge Marmo; 002 ...
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Brief sketch: New Judge Gary Gilman

Judge Gary Gilman is the newly elected Judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Judge Gilman will be handling almost all family law cases for 2012. Court Procedure ...
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New Family Law Judge for Washington County PA - Gary Gilman

Washington County receives a new family law judge for family law for 2012. Judge Gary Gilman recently won election to the Washington County, PA Court of Common Pleas. Judge Gilman replaces BOTH of the ...
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