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Knowledge is power, and this blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on Pennsylvania Family Law, related topics, and family matters in general.  It's our goal for you to use the information on this site, including the individual practice area pages, to help you understand your rights, obligations, and the best course of action for your Pennsylvania Family Law case.

Using Root Cause Analysis to Finally Break Old Patterns

Posted by Joseph Lento | Sep 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every problem in our life has a root cause, but we rarely take the time to pull up the root and take a look. We wonder why our relationships keep failing, or why we don't have the relationship with our children that we once envisioned. Or maybe the same bad scenario keeps playing out in our profe...

How Your Online Actions Can Impact A PFA

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Engaging with people online or through digital mediums often plays a prominent role in our lives. We send dozens of texts, emails, or social media posts daily without giving them a second thought. However, if you are the subject of a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order or have filed a PFA against s...

Divorcing on a Busy Schedule

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jun 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

There's no doubt that filing for divorce can be stressful and time-consuming. And when you're already busy working or caring for your family, you might want to avoid adding legal proceedings into your packed schedule. However, when a marriage breaks down, formalizing a divorce can help you plan ...

Philadelphia: Visitation Ideas for Parents This Summer

Posted by Joseph Lento | May 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

When one parent has physical custody, visitation allows the other parent to build a loving, healthy relationship with their kids. If you're planning your visitation this summer, though, you might be wondering how to make the most of your time with your kids. To help, here are some tips for ensuri...

Apple AirTags Can Lead to Disaster: Pennsylvania AG

Posted by Joseph Lento | Apr 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has issued a statement warning of the potential for misuse of Apple AirTags, which were developed to help individuals find important personal items like car keys and wallets. Consumer Alert The consumer alert, dated February 16, arose from reporting t...

How PFA Orders Can Impact Child Custody in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph Lento | Feb 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

In November 2021, Jana Russo filed for a temporary protection-from-abuse (PFA) order against her estranged husband, David Russo, Greene County District Attorney. She alleges that Russo has a history of drinking heavily and becoming violent with her and their children. She further claims that the ...

Clarifying Unusual Expenses in Child Support Cases in PA

Posted by Joseph Lento | Nov 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case clarified that only truly unusual needs and expenses warrant deviating from child support guidelines. The case emphasized that unless there are exceptional circumstances, the court will order parents to pay child support according to the standardized sta...

Custody Issues for Blended Families in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph Lento | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

When the television series Modern Family premiered in 2009, it was one of the first times blended families were depicted realistically—albeit humorously –in all their messy glory. There is no strict legal definition of a blended family, but it's generally described as a marriage when two partie...

Caretaking vs. Parenting: What Is the Difference?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

To have in loco parentis standing over a child essentially means that you're acting in the place of a parent. If you have this status, you can seek child custody – but is there a difference between “caregiving” or babysitting and parenting, and can a caregiver ever obtain custody over a child? Th...

PA Senate Passes Kayden’s Law

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Child custody and visitation issues can be contentious, emotional, and divisive. When two parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the Pennsylvania courts decide for them, taking the best interests of the child into account. However, a child custody incident that took place in 2018 made man...

Family Court Judge Suspended

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Family Court judge in PA should be objective and impartial at all times. This is the only way to ensure that both parties in a child custody case get the fair hearing they're entitled to. However, the recent suspension of a PA judge for improper conduct raises significant questions about what h...

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