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Norristown Family Law Blog

These co-parenting tips can put you in a better place

There is a lot to think about as you go through a divorce, including what you can do to maintain a strong relationship with your child.

Although there is nothing easy about co-parenting, the right approach will go a long way in putting you on the path to success.

Your Actions Can Impact Your Efforts To Gain Child Custody

When you are married going through a divorce, you and your spouse begin with joint custody rights. Essentially, this means that both you and your spouse have equal rights to your children. It also means that you both have equal rights to pursue custody of your children in your divorce case.

Custody Laws Provide Equality

Steps To Obtain A Protection From Abuse Order

A protection from abuse order is a civil order that can provide legal protection from domestic violence. It is important to know if you are eligible to get a protection from abuse order, and how you can go about doing so.

Are You Eligible To Get A PFA?

Marital assets and taxes: What about capital gains?

Imagine you're in the midst of the asset division process during your divorce. You want to keep the $1 million family home and your spouse wants to keep the $1 million investment portfolio. Both are worth the same amount of money so it should be a simple process of you keeping the house, and your spouse keeping the investment portfolio -- right?

Not necessarily. Capital gains taxes could apply to either the investment portfolio, the house, or, likely, both. You'll need to consider the amount of these tax liabilities when you're dividing your home.

What legal areas does 'family law' cover?

There are a lot of different areas of the law, and some areas have different courts, structures and legal concepts that litigants must follow. Let's take family law, for instance. The family law court has its own judges who specialize in making family law decisions according to Pennsylvania family law.

Family law cases tend to involve the complicated relationships among spouses, lovers, children, siblings and people who live in the same residence together. Ultimately, it's the family court's job to sort these relationships out, put limits on them, prevent family members from hurting one another and help couples divorce.

How to know whether or not to file for divorce

It's arguably one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make — whether to stay in a dysfunctional marriage or file for divorce. Each spouse has to come to his or her own conclusion whether to file for divorce based on the individual circumstances in the marital relationship. But there are some questions that all can ponder in order to make the right decision for all parties, including the kids.

What motivates you to take this action?

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Against Grandparents

Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rendered a decision that will significantly impact grandparents attempting to obtain custody of their grandchildren during a marital separation.

Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandchildren Now More Than Ever

Recent statistics show that nearly three million grandparents in America are raising their grandchildren. This is up approximately seven percent from 2009. There are several reasons cited for this increase, including

Alimony In Pennsylvania

Alimony payments are financial payments to a spouse after a divorce. They are legally mandated. In Pennsylvania, you are not entitled to receive alimony. Alimony payments are completely discretionary with the court. If you are going through a divorce, here are some common questions you may have regarding alimony in Pennsylvania.

What Is Considered When Determining Alimony?

Your Child Can Seek Money For College During A Divorce

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has issued a ruling that could have a direct impact on your divorce proceedings. Now, your child can seek money for college by intervening in your marital settlement agreement.

The Case

On August 11, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a ruling in Weber v. Weber, vacating a ruling that was previously issued by the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas. The court ruled that Michael Weber can seek enforcement of a provision of his parent's divorce agreement that mandates his father to pay the costs incurred during his undergraduate and graduate school.


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