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

Protection from Abuse: Litigating and Defending Claims

Authorities in Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region have a very important tool at their disposal to fight domestic violence: the Protection From Abuse order Join our Facebook Support Group. In addition to criminal laws, Pennsylvania has a quasi-criminal process in place to deal with domestic violence situations. The Protection From Abuse Act can be found … Continue reading Protection from Abuse: Litigating and Defending Claims

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

Cheap Flings: Effects of Extramarital Affairs on Custody

Ever wonder what effect an affair has on custody proceedings? In Pennsylvania, likely none. Affairs alone are not enough to deny a parent custody of his or her children. Custody Factors Pennsylvania follows the "best interest of the child" doctrine. Pennsylvania courts use sixteen different custody factors to determine custody of minor children. The statutes … Continue reading Cheap Flings: Effects of Extramarital Affairs on Custody

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

6 Easy Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting Through Divorce

Parenting is tough. Parenting through a divorce can be a nightmare. When you said, “I do” you meant those words. Through sickness and health, for better and for worse, forever. But life happens. First was marriage, then a career, and then along came the kids. And then things started to fall apart. Not because of … Continue reading 6 Easy Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting Through Divorce