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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 »

Can a Person File for Legal Separation in Pennsylvania?

There is no law in Pennsylvania that allows for the status of “legal separation.” You are either single, married or divorced. Couples may decide to separate, however, and in doing so will face many of the same issues as divorcing couples. These include how they will share expenses, divide property and share custody and visitation… Read More »

Does the Noncustodial Parent Have to Cover the Cost of Braces?

When you get divorced, your child support arrangement and the amount you pay will be determined based on the needs of your child at the time of your divorce. But what happens when new expenses arise? For example, if you are the noncustodial parent of a child who needs braces, will you be responsible for… Read More »

Does Pennsylvania Child Support Cover Childcare Costs for Working Custodial Parents?

In Pennsylvania, as in all states, parents must provide child support until their children are at least 18 years old, with few exceptions. The amount of money the support payer provides to the custodial parent depends on the state’s child support guidelines as they are applied to each case. These guidelines primarily take into account… Read More »