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The New Child Custody Law – 15 Factors A Court Must Consider

At the end of 2011, the custody laws in Pennsylvania were changed.  The courts still look at the best interest of the child above all.   Interestingly, however, Section 5328 of the new legislation sets forth 15 factors that a court must consider when awarding custody. We practice in Western PA.  Out in Eastern PA, the law firm of Karen Ann… Continue reading The New Child Custody Law – 15 Factors A Court Must Consider

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Paternity by Estoppel – Has it Survived?

Pennsylvania has long clung to the presumption of paternity by estoppel, which means simply:  if you hold yourself out as the parent, you are the parent, even if you are not the biological parent.  Under this fiction, DNA evidence is not admissible.  Some states are moving away from this somewhat archaic presumption.    In the holding of… Continue reading Paternity by Estoppel – Has it Survived?

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Angels, Demons, and CYS

Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 There is no easy way to identify and eliminate child abuse, unless the abusive parent comes 100% clean and decides to trust outsiders with knowledge of what’s been happening in the home. The broader question is:  what should happen when there are mere allegations that a child has been neglected, abused, or exposed to an environment where drugs or alcohol… Continue reading Angels, Demons, and CYS

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National Adoption Month

Our firm takes pride in helping familes grow through the loving concept of adoption.  This process involves the legal termination of rights of the biological parent(s) followed by a proceeding for adoption of the child into a new family.   Aside from the legal services we offer, we want our clients and the general public to know that… Continue reading National Adoption Month