Step-parents and child support

In December 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that under certain circumstances, a step-parent can be required to pay child support for his or her former spouse’s biological children.  To become responsible to pay child support, the step-parent must take affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as […]

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Surrogacy Contracts

A common concern when a couple uses a woman as a surrogate to carry their child is that the surrogate will become attached to the child she is carrying and fight to retain custody of the child.  In a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case, the opposite occurred. The woman who […]

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Child Custody Holiday Schedules

Disputes between parents often arise over the division of holidays.  Having a set holiday schedule eliminates these disputes and allows each parent to enjoy the holiday time they have with their children. Courts typically alternate many holidays from year to year between parents.  Certain holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and […]

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Cheating Spouses: Do courts care?

The ever evolving world of technology has led our society to some amazing advances in efficiency, green resources, health benefits and education. Technology also changed the ways in which humans interact through social media platforms, creating a new kind of connectivity. For instance, the dating world has expanded through online […]

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Back to school issues

When children go back to school, many child custody disputes can arise between parents. Access to school records, back to school night, parent teacher conferences, and report cards can all become subjects of dispute between parents. Parents may also have disputes over which school district the children should be enrolled […]

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Preparing for the Initial Meeting

Prior to meeting with a family law attorney for your family law-related issues, you should consider gathering and preparing the following information: DIVORCE, CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT ISSUES Prepare a listing of your assets and debts, including bank accounts, retirement accounts, mortgage obligations, and credit card debt. Gather and organize […]

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Summertime custody issues

Once school is out and summertime rolls around, a whole new set of issues and areas of conflict can arise between separated parents. Separated parents need to agree upon a schedule of activities, vacations, and child care for their children. If necessary, courts can resolve these issues if agreements cannot […]

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After you are divorced

You got your divorce decree or had your support or custody hearing, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing much of your family lawyer anymore.. In actuality, you may need to build a relationship with your attorney until each of your children turn 18. Here are some things […]

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New Jersey Alimony Laws

Divorce lawyers at the Philadelphia law firm, Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP, serve clients in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and in the state of New Jersey. In recent months, the state of New Jersey enacted significant changes to their alimony laws. Prior to the enactment of the changes, New […]

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