Collaborative law has become more common in recent years, with states like Pennsylvania passing laws to ensure a uniform practice statewide. In 2018, Pennsylvania recognized the legitimacy of using collaborative law to resolve issues between amicable parties by creating its own standards on how couples and attorneys assisting them should proceed.
Going through a divorce can be costly – both emotionally and financially. For the financial part, alimony pendente lite (“APL”) is a way for a spouse to help pay attorney and court fees.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as breast cancer effects millions of Americans and families. It is the second most common cancer next to skin cancers and also is the second most deadly for women.
Custody arrangements involving the holidays can be complex and very frustrating for divorced couples.
Common-law marriage, as opposed to a formal/ceremonial marriage, was once a permitted form of marriage in Pennsylvania. In 2005, the Pennsylvania state legislature abolished the practice of common-law marriage1.
Divorce, separation and custody disputes are very difficult life experiences. These issues are particularly sensitive because it involves families and children and exposure to very personal aspects of your life. Family law attorneys have a responsibility to be sensitive to these realities for their clients.
Tiffany Thomas-Smith, Esquire, of The THOMAS SMITH Firm, P.C. specializes in the collaborative divorce approach. This form of legal practice emphasizes communication and cooperation, allowing couples in the process of ending their marriage to circumvent the uncertainty of court and attain a settlement that benefits both parties.
You may resume your prior name during or after the divorce process. Pursuant to Title 54 P.S. 704, “any person who is party in a divorce action may, at any time prior to or subsequent to the entry of the divorce decree, resume any prior surname used by him or her by filing a written notice…”
An annulment “nullifies” a marriage, while a divorce “terminates” a marriage. The marital union can be annulled if the Court finds the marriage is void or voidable; that is essentially to state the marriage should not have taken place or does not exist.
In general, in an effort to streamline the process, Pennsylvania child support calculations make certain assumptions about the amount of time each parent interacts with any one of their children and how much that child is entitled to in support. These general assumptions, though, don’t take into account the uniqueness of special needs.