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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.

A Custody Tug-of-War: The Jaime King Divorce

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jun 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Jaime King/Kyle Newman divorce has been splashed across the tabloids since late May, with new accusations hurled back and forth between the two. It's a salacious read, a distraction during a pandemic and—maybe—a cautionary tale. And that's even true across the country from Hollywood, even her...

Tips for Preparing for a Custody Battle

Posted by Joseph Lento | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you were thinking about separating or divorcing before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and decided to wait until the crisis had passed, now that Pennsylvania (as well as many other states) are slowly starting to reopen, you might be ready to take action. It's possible that being stuck at home for th...

Co-Parenting Through Coronavirus

Posted by Joseph Lento | Apr 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

We have all had to adapt to new ways of living life in America during this COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are now ordering their groceries online and driving to a designated parking spot to have them delivered out to their car. Churches and synagogues are holding services by teleconferences. So-c...

Impact of Coronavirus on Divorce

Posted by Joseph Lento | Apr 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world is affecting billions of people. Thirty-two states in America are under mandatory lockdown, meaning residents cannot leave their home other than to run essential errands like picking up groceries or medical prescriptions. Millions have lost their jobs ...

How Social Media Impacts Custody Cases

Posted by Joseph Lento | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In today's day and age, access to social media is literally at our fingertips. Sharing pictures, personal information, and life events on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has become second nature to the majority of us. But as avid social media use becomes a habit, it's really easy t...

'Tis the Season: Your Holiday Visitation Schedule

Posted by Joseph Lento | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we approach the holiday season, we're reminded to be thankful for the things that really matter in life: family and togetherness. But as a parent in the middle of a family crisis like a divorce, the idea of a holiday can conjure up feelings of dread, rather than gratitude. For families who hav...

The Dangers of a "Flexible" Custody Agreement

Posted by Joseph Lento | Oct 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is always a debate between drafting a custody agreement that allows for a little breathing room and drafting an agreement that outlines all likely impending circumstances. However, in highly contentious cases, one rule rings true: the more specific the agreement, the less conflict you'll cr...

How Child Custody Disputes Complicate the School Year

Posted by Joseph Lento | Sep 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer comes to an end, parents everywhere can take a collective sigh of relief as their kids return back to school. All the late nights, vacation getaways, summer programs, and anything else you did to keep them occupied will now be replaced with a monotonous school routine - and most parents...

Can Your Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the courts attempts to craft a custody order, it's a common argument amongst parents that their children prefer to live with them as opposed to the other parent. They often buy into the misconception that once a child reaches a certain age and level of maturity, their child will wield the po...

Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws at a Glance

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you have children in a marriage or relationship, the last thing on your mind is what could happen if things between you and your partner go awry. But when you split, you're forced to think about what went wrong, how you two can put aside your differences to successfully co-parent, and what's...

Relocating With a Child Custody Agreement in Place in PA

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Life has a way of being unpredictable. Perhaps your job recommends you relocate across Pennsylvania for a better opportunity, or you find a deal you can't pass up on housing that's more than a few miles away from your current home. While all these new things life brings your way are exciting, the...

Can Punishing a Child Allow for a Protection from Abuse Order in Pennsylvania?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parents may find themselves accused of inappropriately or excessively disciplining their child, and as a result they may be named as a defendant in a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case. There is no excuse for "going too far" with a child, but what kind of alleged discipline or punishment will be problematic for a parent facing a PFA action? The Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act and Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions address this issue.

Can a Child Testify at a PFA Hearing in Pennsylvania?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jan 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

With so much riding on a PFA court's decision, plaintiffs and defendants often have a related, but competing concern in domestic violence cases involving children. Plaintiffs often ask, "Can my child testify to abuse allegations at a PFA hearing?" Defendant's often ask, "Is my child allowed to testify against me at a PFA hearing?" The short answer is, "It depends." Ultimately, Pennsylvania court decisions have addressed this issue, and must be considered whether seeking protection on behalf of a child or defending against allegations of abuse against a child.

What is "Reasonable Fear" in a Pennsylvania PFA Case?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jan 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Protection from Abuse (PFA) cases that have been appealed have been addressed by Pennsylvania appellate courts; the Pennsylvania Superior Court in particular. Through its review of trial court PFA decisions, the Pennsylvania Superior has defined what is considered "reasonable fear" in PFA cases. In many PFA cases, "reasonable fear" and related considerations will determine when a plaintiff's request for a PFA order should be granted, and when it should be denied.

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