Family law articles include information about divorce, child custody, child support and adoption.

Recent Tax Bill Affects Alimony Starting January 2019

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If you haven’t heard by now, the new tax bill reaches far and wide to affect individual’s in all kinds of difficult situations—and that includes divorcing couples and the children involved. On Jan. 1, 2019, Trump’s rushed tax code to overturn tax deductions on alimony will go into effect. Lawyers are already seeing a rise […]

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Pennsylvania Adoption Law Now Allows Adoptees Rights to Their Birth Certificates

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Until now, adoptees over 18 couldn’t apply for their birth records because their adoption records were sealed. Folks that have not been adopted have always had this ability, but sadly, it was not so easy for those that were released by their birth parents. For 33 years, adoptees have been required to petition the courts […]

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After 25 Years, Ohio Bill to Improve Child Support Makes it to Senate Floor

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Nationwide, the amount of overdue child support amounts to $114 billion. Ohio parents, alone, “owe more than $4.5 billion in unpaid child support”, according to a recent article from Cincinnati.com.  Interestingly enough, there are five states that haven’t managed to revise their child support system for over two decades. Ohio hasn’t made changes to the […]

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How Do You Calculate Colorado Child Support?

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In every Colorado divorce or paternity case involving children, the Colorado family law court steps in to determine whether one parent owes the other child support to assist in the financial expenses associated with child-rearing. Between themselves, separated parents must divide all the expenses of their children in proportion to their respective incomes and personal […]

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Illinois Revamps Child Support Calculations

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New child support calculations will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Prior to this overhaul of the calculations, child support was generally determined based upon the payor’s income and number of children. For example, a person who was obligated to pay child support (generally the non-custodial parent) had to pay 20% of his or her […]

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What Should I Know About Retirement Planning?

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Preparing for retirement can be a complex process, but fortunately lawyers can ensure that those considering retirement have legally sound, effective retirement plans. Attorneys who specialize in elder law, estate planning law or probate law may be able to assist clients with retirement preparations. These attorneys may be able to handle all the details concerning […]

Can I Get a Divorce Without a ‘Get’?

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An Orthodox Jewish woman has launched a social media campaign to help her obtain a ‘get,’ or religious divorce from her husband. According to CBS New York, Rivky Stein has created a Facebook page in which she accuses her husband of emotional and physical abuse, including raping and beating her, while she was pregnant. The […]

Who Is Responsible For Student Loan Debt Following a Divorce?

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The Wall Street Journal reported recently that college students and alumni are now more in debt than ever because of student loans, with students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 having an outstanding loan balance of $29,400. Those with advanced degrees have even more. This leaves some people facing an interesting question: Who is responsible […]

Former Olympian Johnny Weir Involved in Bitter Divorce Battle

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Former Olympic figure skater and color commentator Johnny Weir and his husband are involved in a tumultuous divorce battle. According to NJ.com, the couple, who have reportedly vacated their Lyndhurst, N.J. home, have filed pleadings before the court disputing ownership of assets, personal property and custody of their pets. It has also been reported that […]

Can the creation of guardianship by a parent be challenged?

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It is wise for parents to name legal and physical guardians of their minor children to serve in the event of their deaths. But the creation of a guardianship by a parent is not always controlling. Pennsylvania law provides that all custody cases must be decided in the best interests of the child. Anything which […]

Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children’s college or private school?

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In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children’s college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since child support obligations cease when the recipient child reaches his or her 18th birthday, no extension of additional obligations for college […]

Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children's college or private school?

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In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children’s college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since child support obligations cease when the recipient child reaches his or her 18th birthday, no extension of additional obligations for college […]

Can receiving a personal injury settlement increase your child support payments?

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A Pennsylvania father who worked as a laborer for a paper company was recently required to increase his child support payments when he settled a personal injury claim. The father was initially ordered to pay $200 per month toward the support of his 10 year-old daughter. At the time the order was issued, the father […]

Can a marital agreement be done after the wedding?

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A marital agreement can be made after the wedding whenever differences arise between the parties regarding the future financial issues. The agreement must be based upon some consideration other than the marriage itself. Sometimes such an agreement is made as part of a reconciliation of the parties or following some other dispute. Such an agreement […]

Can a Court order payment of support during the marriage?

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The law relating to this aspect varies from state to state and, accordingly, one spouse may be ordered to pay support to the other spouse. One spouse may bring a lawsuit against the other spouse for his/her failure to provide support.

Can a court order alimony payment while a divorce or separation case is pending before the Court?

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Under both situations a court is authorized to order spousal support. As part of the judgment of dissolution or legal separation, a court may order payment of alimony. Similarly, a court may order one spouse to pay “temporary” alimony to the other spouse while a divorce or legal separation lawsuit is pending.

Can a child file a lawsuit?

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When a child is entitled to sue someone, such as a negligent physician or driver, he or she may do so through a suit brought by his or her parent or guardian. Children do not have the capacity to sue on their own. The attorney retained by the parent or guardian, while ethically obligated to […]

Are there any pre-requisites for marriage?

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There are some requirements to be fulfilled by the parties before tying the knot and after. These relates to age, license, certificate, blood test, not being married to any one else etc.