Spousal Support? Can I get it? Do I have to pay it?

By:  Dawn Padanyi, Esquire If you are married and separated from your spouse you probably heard terms like spousal support, APL and Alimony thrown around. Spousal Support is “care, maintenance and financial assistance” for one’s spouse.  (23 Pa.C.S. §3103). Under the law, married persons are liable for the support of each other according to their […]

Additional Grounds for Divorce & New Counseling Restrictions

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. It will soon be easier to get a divorce in Pennsylvania. Effective June 23, 2016, the Pennsylvania Divorce code will be amended to add an additional ground for divorce. Currently the grounds for divorce include the following:  Fault, Institutionalization, Mutual Consent, and Irretrievable Breakdown. The additional grounds for divorce involving personal […]

What Prince Taught Me About Estate Planning

By Dawn Padanyi, Esquire Further breaking news following the sudden death of rock icon, Prince, is that he didn’t have a will!  Now, the first thought that might come to mind is why would a VERY WEALTHY, successful business man not create a will?  That is a very good question, however polls have shown that […]

Financial Considerations in Divorce

Interesting article – Courtesy of the American Bar Association – Family Advocate   Snapshot.Financial.Considerations.Divorce.ABA

Step Father Found Liable to Pay Support for Step Children

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. On December 29th 2015 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a step parent liable for child support. This is a huge departure from the prior law in which a step parent is not liable for child support following the dissolution of a marriage.  Even when a step parent plays a significant parenting […]

Allocation of Expenses in Support Proceedings

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. When a support action is filed with the Court, whether it is for child support, spousal support or alimony pendent lite (APL), the Court also has the ability to allocation additional expenses between the parties. Pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure, 1910.16-6, the Courts can allocate child care expenses, health […]

Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania Does it Exist? Yes, under very limited circumstances. Since January 2, 2005, common law marriages were abolished.  That translates to Pennsylvania not recognizing common law marriages entered into after January 2, 2005.  With that being said, common law marriages entered into before January 2, 2005, are […]

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