Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 If a temporary PFA becomes “permanent,” it can have a significant impact on the Defendant’s life: it creates a public record that he (or she) is an “abuser” or “stalker,” which can jeopardize (1) job opportunities (if the PFA comes up in a background check), (2) custody rights; and even (3) one’s… Continue reading Why Do Judges Grant Questionable PFAs?
Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 The answer to this question is: Maybe. The violation of a PFA involves a criminal proceeding called an “indirect criminal contempt” action, or ICC. The burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt” and with criminal penalties applying (including incarceration), an ICC determination must comport to criminal law. In criminal law,… Continue reading Can a Post on Social Media Violate a PFA?
It’s official: the federal court ruling legalizing same-sex-marriage in Pennsylvania will not be appealed by Pennsylvania’s governor, meaning it is now the law of the land of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that gay marriage is legal. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers. WINNERS The winners include same sex couples, divorce lawyers, students… Continue reading Same Sex Marriage in PA
No one enters into a marriage expecting it to result in divorce. That said, greater than twenty % of first marriages end in divorce within five years, and 48 percent of marriages end by the 20-year point. This is according to 2006-2010 data from the government’s National Survey of Family Growth. Separation and divorce are emotionally difficult events, but… Continue reading Divorce – Protecting Your Mental Health
Pennsylvania experimented with the use of a parental coordinator in custody cases, as you may recall from a prior post on this site That is to say, in PA, a judge could appoint a parental coordinator to enforce a custody order or handle the process of making modifications to it. Good Law? Long story short, in 2013, Pennsylvania ended… Continue reading UPDATE: Parental Coordinators in PA
What is a “parenting coordinator”? A parenting coordinator is a person appointed by the judge in custody cases to help execute and coordinate ancillary issues of a custody order. This helps ease the burden of the trial judge in dealing with the day to day aspects of implementing a custody order. Parenting coordination has become a significant area of… Continue reading The Use of a Parenting Coordinator
Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 Nothing says “I love you” like a restraining order, according to the song by post-hardcore band Our Last Night. All kidding aside, a restraining order – a/k/a Protection From Abuse Act Order (“PFA”) – is serious business. No level of abuse should be tolerated. Any amount of abuse is too much. For this reason, the… Continue reading Protection From Abuse Act Defense