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ASSET PROTECTION AND OFF-SHORING

Hidden assets – this is a problem in divorce and support cases, tax avoidance, corporate liability and debt collection.  The holding of “off-shore” accounts may be used to subvert family law obligations, judgments and legitimate tax obligations. Some lawyers work to help clients with what they call “asset protection,” which […]

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PROTECTION FROM ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania has a strong law protecting people from physical abuse.  Generally speaking, persons eligible for relief are family and household members, sexual or intimate partners, and siblings. Covered acts of abuse are causing bodily injury, sexual assault, false imprisonment, physical abuse of minor children, as well as placing someone in […]

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How to get married in Pennsylvania

Just as there are laws regarding divorce in Pennsylvania, there are laws about marriage.  These laws address issues such as obtaining a marriage license, a required 3 day waiting period, obtaining a syphilis test and taking an oral examination.  There are restrictions on who individuals can marry, including, minors, incompetents, […]

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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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