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Blog Posts in 2014

Planning for Divorce: The Ultimate Guide

It looks like you are getting divorced. What to do? This i a general guide with steps that are generally advisable. However, this information is just a starting guide. Every case is different, so ...
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Know your judge: Kim D Eaton

JUDGE KIM D. EATON all information as of 2014 CONTACTING JUDGE EATON If your Allegheny County Family Division case number ends in judicial suffix "006", you have Judge Kim Eaton. Judge Eaton ...
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Post high-school education expenses

Ordinarily, a divorcing parent has no legal obligation to pay for a child's college expenses. The theory is that we don't require intact families to pay for college, so how can we require ...
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Case Notes: Fraud and divorce - opening the divorce after the fact.

In the Allegheny County case of Kozel v. Kozel, 161 Pa Super 2014, the parties divorce was finalized in 2005. Later, Wife found out that Husband failed to disclose certain assets at the time of the ...
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Case Notes: Child Support for an Adult Child

In the recent case of Morgan v. Morgan, 2014 PA Super 176, the PA Superior Court ruled concerning an adult child who was receiving child support via a property settlement agreement that was ...
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Know your judge: Eleanor Bush

Eleanor Bush is a judge with the Family Division of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas. Judge Bush has judicial suffix 001. If your case number ends with "001", you have Judge Bush. Judge ...
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Dividing a military pension (Part 3: Important issues)

The first part of this series dealt with preparation for dividing a military pension for a divorce. The second part of th is series dealt with the division of the military pension. This post will ...
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Dividing military retirement benefits in divorce (Part 2: Dividing the pension)

Part 1 of this series explored how to find the necessary documentation, rules and system to divide military pay in a divorce. This part will briefly detail the process of dividing a military pension ...
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Dividing military retirement benefits in divorce (Part 1: The first three steps)

Dividing military retirement benefits is one of the trickiest elements of a divorce. In my experience, attorneys often will simply avoid the possibility of messing up the division of military ...
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New IRA rollover rules from the IRS

A recent tax court decision changes the ways IRA rollovers will be taxed. For many years, the IRS has permitted IRAs to be rolled over, without tax consequences, under the following two conditions: 1. ...
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Death and divorce

Have you ever noticed how many bad things in life are described by words starting with the letter "d"? Despair, doom, defeat, drowning, defenestration etc. "Death" and ...
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Know your judge: Jennifer Satler

Judge Jennifer Satler has "judicial prefix" 017. So, if your Allegheny County case number ends with "017", she is your judge. Her chambers (offices) are located in Suite 5073 of ...
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Allegheny County Family Division Self-Help Center

The Allegheny County Pennsylvania Family Division Self-Help center opened in January 2014 to assist self-represented parties. Persons making less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guideline are ...
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Know your judge: Judge Mark V. Tranquilli

Judge Mark V. Tranquilli was elected on November 5, 2013 and his term expires in 2023. His "judicial suffix" is "011". So, if your case number were FD14-1234 011, then he would be ...
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Divorce and 529 College Savings Accounts

Parents have 4 primary options to accumulate college savings. This post will discuss one of those options ("529" accounts) and what to expect from the 529 accounts if the parties divorce. ...
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Case Notes: 16-factor custody analysis not always required in PA

In the case of M.O. v. J.T.R., 2014 Pa. Super. 15 (February 2014), the Pennsylvania Superior Court thankfully held that a trial court need not embark on the standard 16-factor custody analysis when ...
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Case Notes: Divorce and death

In the case of Tosi v. Kizis, 16 Pa. Super 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court determined that Wife could discontinue the parties divorce action after Husband died while awaiting the divorce trial. ...
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