Paternity by Estoppel: Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

Your actions can establish legal paternity through the doctrine of "paternity by estoppel". The doctrine of "paternity by estoppel" is a " a legal determination that one may be deemed a parent based on his holding himself out as such." Jones v. Trojak, 535 Pa. 95 (1993). It prevents a person that has acted like … Continue reading Paternity by Estoppel: Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Divorce: Demystifying the Process

Divorce in family courts around Pittsburgh can be intimidating. A little information can go a long way to prepare you for what lies ahead. What if I told you the divorce process in Pennsylvania is fairly straight forward? You’d probably wonder if I knew what I was talking about. Speaking, even thinking, about a divorce … Continue reading Pennsylvania Divorce: Demystifying the Process

Initial Attorney Consultation: What to Expect

Take the stress out of your divorce by knocking the initial consultation with your attorney out of the park. Divorce is an emotionally trying time. There are a lot of emotions: anger, fear, resentment, frustration, etc. The process can take months. If it isn't handled properly, the divorce process can add a lot of stress. … Continue reading Initial Attorney Consultation: What to Expect

Navigating the Legal Landscape: Types of Divorce in Pennsylvania

Navigating the legal landscape of divorce can be tricky. Today, we touch on some of the basics. Join our Facebook Support Group. Navigating the legal landscape when it comes to divorce can be intimidating. There are a lot of emotions involved in divorce: fear, resentment, guilt, shame, and anger. But breaking down the basics can … Continue reading Navigating the Legal Landscape: Types of Divorce in Pennsylvania

Custody While the Parents Still Live in the Same House

Kids often get caught in the middle of divorce conflicts. But what if Mom and Dad are in the same house, even after separation? An interesting question came up the other day: In Pennsylvania, can Mom or Dad get a custody of a child if both parents are still living together, after separation? The Scenario … Continue reading Custody While the Parents Still Live in the Same House

Surprising Facts About Child Support Enforcement in Pennsylvania

What happens if you don't pay child support in Pennsylvania? The Commonwealth has a number of tools available to assist in collection of child support arrears. Tax Refund Garnishment Are you banking on that tax refund in April? If you owe child support, the State has the right to seize your income tax return. This … Continue reading Surprising Facts About Child Support Enforcement in Pennsylvania

Surprising Facts About Terminating Parental Rights You Need To Know Right Now

How do you terminate parental rights in Pennsylvania? The answer: under very limited circumstances. A Pennsylvania court will only end parental rights in connection with an adoption. Additionally, the petitioner must meet other criteria. The general rule in Pennsylvania for determining issues related to children is “the best interest of the child”. See Fisher v. … Continue reading Surprising Facts About Terminating Parental Rights You Need To Know Right Now

Qualities to Look for in a Divorce Attorney

Hire a Pittsburgh family lawyer that you can trust and that will hold you accountable. Are you looking for a divorce attorney in Pittsburgh? Don't just Google "Divorce attorney near me" and call it a day. One of the most important decisions you can make during your separation or divorce dispute is choosing the right … Continue reading Qualities to Look for in a Divorce Attorney