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  • Enforcing a settlement agreement 7 years after the violation
    Husband and Wife married back in 1988 and were divorced in 2003. As part of their divorce settlement, Husband agreed to pay Wife a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of stock from his business, ...
  • Big Change for Allegheny County PA family law
    Family Division litigants in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are now subject to a new requirement. As of June 22, 2015, all Motions must now include a certififcation that the litigants have "met ...
  • Know your judge: Kathryn Hens-Greco
    If your Allegheny County Pennsylvania case has a judicial suffix of "004", then you have Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco as your judge. Brief Biography Judge Hens-Greco got her undergraduate degree ...
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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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  • Child Protection Law in Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania has 23 new child protection laws, enacted in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Most of these laws came into effect on December 31, 2014. These laws dramatically impact custody, ...
  • Legal test to label someone as a child abuser.
    In a recent superior court case (85 Pa. Super. 2014), the court was faced with the question of whether a mother committed child abuse upon her daughter. The facts of the case are awful. The young ...
  • New Law: Child Abduction Prevention in Custody Disputes
    Pennsylvania passed only one law in 2014 that amended the Domestic Relations Act. It is the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act, found at 23 Pa.C.S.A. 5201. The Act aims to create guidelines for ...
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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 ...
  • Case Notes: Child Support and Gifts of Money
    In the case of Suzanne D. v. Stephen W., 65 A3d 965 (2013), the Pennsylvania Superior Court was faced with the issue of large cash gifts and their effect on child support obligations. The case began ...
  • Legislative Update: Could Child Support Continue After Death?
    As it stands now, support generally terminates upon the death of the payer. By definition, a dead payer is, no longer living or earning funds to support their children. However, in June of 2012, ...
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  • Counsel fees and custody
    A common question I receive: "How often can my ex drag me back to court"? The answer to this really depends on the individual facts of the case. But in custody matters, the court is ...
  • Case Notes: Counsel Fees
    We often get questions about counsel fees. Can I make the other side pay my fees? When does the court order counsel fees? What if the other side has racked up excessive counsel fees? In Morgans v. ...
  • 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: Does a polyamorous relationship take away custody?
    In V.B. and C.B. v. J.E.B. and C.C., 2012 Pa. Super 20, the Superior Court dealt with the issue of whether the court should remove a parents primary custody due to a "polyamorous" ...
  • Case Notes: Custody standing
    In the case of E.T.S. v. S.L.H., 54 A3d 880 (Pa. Super 2012), the Superior Court decided the petition of a boyfriend who sought to have standing to seek custody of children. The boyfriend moved in ...
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  • Know your judge: Kathryn Hens-Greco
    If your Allegheny County Pennsylvania case has a judicial suffix of "004", then you have Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco as your judge. Brief Biography Judge Hens-Greco got her undergraduate degree ...
  • 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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  • Taxes and military pensions in a divorce
    In previous blog posts, we discussed the difficulties in dividing a military pension in a divorce. It can be done, but it needs to done carefully and with full knowledge of the process. In fact, no ...
  • Military pension: Survivor Benefit Plan
    Valuing, dividing and allocating military pension benefits is one of the most misunderstood areas of divorce law in Pennsylvania. Accordingly, it is vital for military service members (SM's) and ...
  • 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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  • Case Notes: The future of Paternity by Estoppel
    In my blog post of April 25th, 2013, I addressed a recent court case involving "Paternity by Estoppel". Paternity by Estoppel prevents a man who has acted as a father towards a child for a ...
  • Case Notes: Paternity by Estoppel
    Establishing paternity can often be confusing. There are two major presumptions regarding paternity in Pennsylvania: If Mother is married, there is a presumption that the Husband is the father. This ...
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  • Extension of a PFA: Case Notes
    Question: When an existing Protection From Abuse Order is violated, must the PFA be extended? Answer: The PFA must be extended if the PFA is violated AND the Plaintiff asks for an extension at the ...
  • Case Notes: Who falls under a PFA?
    Protection from Abuse (PFA) cases only apply between "family or household members" or "sexual or intimate partners". 23 Pa.CSA 6102 (a). Violence between strangers or acquaintances ...
  • 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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  • Tax filing status during divorce proceedings
    Which tax filing status can you choose during a Pennsylvania divorce proceedings? The first thing to understand is that your tax status is determined by your marital status on December 31 of the tax ...
  • 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 ...
  • Case Notes: Child Support and Gifts of Money
    In the case of Suzanne D. v. Stephen W., 65 A3d 965 (2013), the Pennsylvania Superior Court was faced with the issue of large cash gifts and their effect on child support obligations. The case began ...
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Washington County Court - Click here to view all posts
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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...