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

Child Custody in Pennsylvania: The Issue of Child Abuse

Under Pennsylvania law, child abuse is a very serious issue with strong implications for the determination of which parent has custody. When there is a finding of abuse on the part of a parent, it is appropriate for the court to restrict visitation or to otherwise alter the conditions of visitation for the abusive parent.  … Read More

Standing for Custody: Who can File for Custody in Pennsylvania and the Rights of Grandparents and Great-Grandparents

There are many situations where one party seeks to file for custody of a child, but is not the biological parent of the child. Pennsylvania law provides that parties other than the parent can file for custody in certain situations. The statute draws a distinction between “Standing for any form of physical custody” and “Standing  … Read More

The “Best Interest of the Child”: The Factors that Determine Custody in Pennsylvania

When primary custody is contested in Pennsylvania law, one of the parents may seek to challenge custody in the Court of Common Pleas. The final decision regarding custody will be made in accordance with sixteen factors that have been set forth by the Pennsylvania legislature. These factors are as follows: 1) Which party is more  … Read More