Category: Personal / Family

What is Equitable Distribution?

            Perhaps you have heard the term “equitable distribution” while someone was discussing a divorce.  Equitable distribution is the system some states use to address the division of marital assets and liabilities during a divorce.  For the most part there are two methods states use… Continue reading

Criminal Expungement Becoming Easier

It looks like Governor Rendell will be signing legislation to amend the existing rules on expungement of criminal records to make it easier to expunge the records of minor criminal matters. Under present law, except for certain juvenile matters and minor infractions disposed of through… Continue reading

A Child Custody Alternative: The Parenting Coordinator

Child custody disputes are rarely resolved to the full satisfaction of both parties to a divorce; more often than not, neither party is completely happy with the final order or settlement agreement achieved by the parties.  It is the nature of compromise. Since it is… Continue reading

Terminating Parental Rights

Courts consider the rights of a parent to be fundamental.  Even so, each state has laws providing for the termination of parental rights.  The severing of parental rights ends the legal parent-child relationship. Whether it is voluntary or involuntary, termination of parental rights can only… Continue reading

Grandparents’ Visitation Order Upheld

  Grandparents’ Visitation Order Upheld    We recently (Fall 2006 issue) reported on a case (Hiller v. Fausey) where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had awarded visitation rights to the parents of a woman who died and was survived by a son who had developed a close… Continue reading

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act  applies to employers who employ 50 or more workers for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year.  This Federal statute provides eligible employees with up to 12 workweeks of… Continue reading

Overview of Pet Law In Pennsylvania

Take a quick look at Pet Smart, Inc. (trading on NASDAQ under symbol “PETM”).  Pet Smart’s stock price has more than tripled in three years, has a market cap of almost $4 billion, and pays  a dividend of $.12 per share per year.  Pet Smart… Continue reading

Divorce-Postnuptial Agreements

Beyond the emotional, often gut-wrenching pain of divorce comes the difficult task of dividing marital property between husband and wife. Long before the ink dries on the divorce papers, it may be useful to have your  attorney draft a postnuptial agreement which outlines the rights… Continue reading

Grandparents’ Visitation Rights

On this eve of National Grandparents Day (what, you failed to observe it?) in September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a significant gift to grandparents (and great grandparents) in declaring in the action of Hiller v. Fausey that a portion of the recently adopted amendments… Continue reading

What is Expungement?

Suppose that when you were a teenager you suffered a lapse in judgment and decided to walk out of the music store with a Beatles cassette without paying for it. The storekeeper caught you and prosecuted you for retail theft. As a result, you were… Continue reading