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Do Divorced Parents in Pennsylvania Have to Pay Child Support for College Tuition?

Over the years, college students across the United States have sued their parents to pay for their school tuition and other expenses – sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully. But can a Pennsylvania court order divorced parents to cover their child’s college costs? The short answer is no, unless an agreement is made to the contrary,… Read More »

New Laws Help Parents of Opioid-Addicted Adults Care for Grandchildren

The opioid crisis has impacted countless families in Pennsylvania. Many adults seeking recovery from addiction have children in their care, and new legislation is lending a hand to grandparents who want to step in and help. Pennsylvania estimates that about 82,000 grandparents have taken on sole caregiver duties for 89,000 grandchildren, saving the state more… Read More »

Pennsylvania Enacts New Rules for Parenting Coordination Plans

Raising a child can be difficult and even more challenging when parents live in separate homes. Simple aspects of daily care, such as who will pick a child up from school, can turn into arguments. Problems may also arise when one parent wants to bypass a custody agreement, such as by taking the child on… Read More »

An Overview of Grandparents’ Rights in Pennsylvania

Parents who are separated or divorced have certain rights regarding the ability to visit and raise their children, and those rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution. What about grandparents? Do they also have certain rights in this regard when it comes to seeing their beloved grandchildren? The fact is that there is no federal… Read More »

How Do Pennsylvania Courts Determine Child Support Arrangements?

Pennsylvania’s child support system is based on the “income shares model.” The full guidelines the state uses are outlined in Chapter 1910 of the Pennsylvania Code. Below is an overview of the guidelines and how they might affect your case. In these guidelines, the state provides an estimate for a total amount of support a… Read More »

What Rules Does Pennsylvania Set for Child Custody Arrangements?

Parents do not always have to go to court to get a child custody arrangement if they are able to work out such an arrangement themselves. This agreement must include sound custody terms and decision-making guidelines. However, a court will establish its own custody order if the parents cannot agree on a parenting plan. The… Read More »

How Do Pennsylvania Courts Enforce Prenuptial Agreements?

A prenuptial agreement can be a valuable tool that helps individuals protect their rights and property in case a marriage ends in divorce. There are many reasons people decide to use prenups before getting married, including additional financial security, fewer arguments about money in a marriage and the protection of children’s future inheritance. Having a… Read More »

Is Pennsylvania a 50/50 Property Division State?

If you are preparing for a divorce in Pennsylvania, you may have questions about how your property will be divided and what you will get to keep. In Pennsylvania, courts use “equitable distribution” rules to fairly divide marital assets and debts. It’s important to note that “equitable” and “fair” do not necessarily mean a 50/50… Read More »

Are Retirement Benefits Considered Marital Assets in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, retirement benefits are considered marital property — at least to a certain extent. Only benefits acquired during a marriage can be divided in a divorce. Any benefits acquired before marriage or after separation, along with retirement benefits acquired in an inheritance, are considered separate property and are not subject to the asset distribution… Read More »

What Is the Separation Period in Pennsylvania for a Nonconsensual Divorce?

The divorce process is made logistically simpler when both parties consent to it. But what happens if one of the parties does not respond to the divorce notice, cannot be found or simply does not provide consent? In October 2016, the state of Pennsylvania passed a law that reduced the length of time a person… Read More »