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April 2017 Archives

Constitutional considerations could affect grandparents' rights

Not too long ago, we described the criteria that Pennsylvania courts use to determine grandparents' rights to custody of their grandchildren. Philadelphia County grandparents may wonder if there are other legal considerations that could impact their rights with respect to their grandchildren. There is a U.S. Supreme Court case that dealt with the relationship between grandparents' rights and parents' rights. This blog post will give a 10,000 foot view of this Supreme Court decision.

What are the two types of divorce in Pennsylvania?

When a Pennsylvania couple decides to divorce, they are frequently unaware of the options available to end their marriage. In this state, there are two types of divorce: a no-fault divorce or a fault divorce. In general, people who are seeking to end the marriage as quickly and as free of legal issues as possible will use a no-fault divorce. However, there are times when a fault divorce is the strategy to take.

Preparing for a child custody hearing in Philadelphia

For parents who are in the middle of a child custody dispute, it can be an emotional experience. Philadelphians should be aware of the basics of a case as it moves forward. As always, the relationship with children is paramount and protecting them is key. There are certain aspects to bear in mind when preparing for a hearing. It might be necessary to give testimony, provide evidence, call witnesses, and have tests and evaluations conducted to determine what the best interests of the child are and gauge whether the parents are suited to have custody and visitation.

Fairness and dividing marital property in a Philadelphia divorce

Divorce is a difficult situation in many aspects and one issue that is often in dispute is property division. Philadelphia couples who are ending their marriage should understand what constitutes marital property and how that property will be divided. This issue is significant and should not be taken for granted.