A restraining order – or temporary PFA (short for Protection From Abuse Act Order) — should get your attention, because of the wide-ranging consequence of a “PFA.” Our Pittsburgh lawyer firm frequently defend PFA actions throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties. Our lawyers took the liberty of putting together a… Continue reading Defending A Restraining Order: 7 Simple Rules
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
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