Divorce and Property Division: Are “Professional Degrees” Marital Property?

When you are going through the divorce process in Pennsylvania, any marital property you own with your spouse is potentially property that could be shared with your spouse through the process of “equitable distribution.” The key question is whether a piece of property counts as marital property in a given situation. Let’s take a situation  … Read More

Custody and the “Dependent Child” Tax Deduction

When parties go through a separation in Pennsylvania, there is an often an issue or question about who claims a tax deduction for the dependent child or children. As you might guess, the issue of the tax deduction depends in partly on who gets what amount of custodial time. A general rule of thumb is  … Read More

Alimony Practice in Pennsylvania: Who is Eligible and for How Long?

The general rule is that alimony is not a given, but is something that the court can award if it finds that such an award is “necessary.” Given the vagueness of the term, it is helpful to examine the factors that go into determining whether alimony is necessary, and in calculating the amount of alimony.  … Read More

Child Custody in Pennsylvania: Factors to Consider During Relocation

Sometimes there comes a point where a parent wants to relocate from Pennsylvania to another part of the state—or another part of the country. When there is a custody agreement involved, relocation presents special issues that the moving parent should be made aware of. First, the party seeking to move must provide notice of the  … Read More

Child Custody in Pennsylvania: Factors to Consider during a Relocation

Sometimes there comes a point where a parent wants to relocate from Pennsylvania to another part of the state—or another part of the country. When there is a custody agreement involved, relocation presents special issues that the moving parent should be made aware of. First, the party seeking to move must provide notice of the  … Read More

Mortgage Foreclosures and the “Soldiers and Sailors Act”

The mortgage foreclosure process contains many ins and outs that a homeowner needs to be aware of. One of these is the potential relief for those in military service under the Soldiers and Sailors Act undergoing issues with not only mortgage foreclosure, but also certain other debts as well. The Soldiers and Sailors Act provides  … Read More

Modification of Wills: The Effect of Marriage, Divorce, or Birth or Adoption of a Child on Your Will

A last will and testament provides the final instructions from the testator on how to distribute the testator’s property. However, the language contained in a will may not reflect the situation of the parties upon the death of the testator. Consider the situation where a husband-testator is divorced from his wife, but his will is  … Read More

Monetary Support during the Divorce Process and Alimony Pendente Lite

Often times, a spouse wants to file for divorce but lacks the financial resources to do so or is economically dependent on the other party for support. When that is the case, Pennsylvania law actually provides an avenue for relief to the dependent spouse in the form of what is known as “alimony pendente lite.”  … Read More

Custody Disputes Across Borders: The Hague Convention and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act

When both parents are from the same state, such as Pennsylvania, custody issues are substantially easier to address. But what about the situation where one parent lives in Pennsylvania, and the other lives in a foreign country? If one parent lives in Pennsylvania, and the other in a foreign country, it is not a given  … Read More