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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 ...
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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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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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Case Notes: Purging Contempt

When someone does not pay court ordered support they may be found in "contempt of court". This can lead to a variety of sanctions, such as tax intercepts, increased support, loss of drivers ...
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Case Notes: The Entitlement Defense to Spousal Support

The obligation to financially support a spouse prior to a divorce decree is known as Alimony Pendente Lite ("APL") or Spousal support. Generally, support paid while divorce proceedings are ...
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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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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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Case Notes: Custody Restriction and Effect on Support

What happens economically when the court severely restricts custodial rights? Does that lessen the amount of child support to be paid, since the payer is being denied time with the kids? The Superior ...
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Allegheny County newest court procedures

The Court changes it's procedures all the time. It's best to have an attorney who keeps up with the latest developments, so that your case is not derailed on a point of procedure. Below are ...
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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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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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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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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: 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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Brewing Support Rules Changes to Be Minor

In Pennsylvania, child support is largely governed by "Rules of Civil Procedure" rather than laws. Laws are passed by the legislature and governor, but civil procedure rules in PA are ...
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