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Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

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How does a mother involuntarily terminate her parental rights? A recent case of involuntarily termination of parental rights involves the removal and placement of a child into foster care after the Department of Household Services (DHS) received a report that the child was sexually abused by the father and the mother, suffering from drug addiction and […]

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Who is Responsible for Paying the Cost of College?

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In the State of Pennsylvania, neither parent has a legal obligation to pay for their child’s education. If parents are divorcing, and college imminent, an attorney should counsel his/her client on college expenses. In some cases, it may be worthwhile for divorcing spouses to reach an agreement concerning college education in addition to a child […]

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Parental Relocation Reconsideration in New Jersey

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The issues with parental relocation in the State of New Jersey involve the tension between a custodial parent’s need or desire to relocate and the other parent’s right to maintain a meaningful relationship with his or her child. Baures v. Lewis, 167 N.J. 91 (2001) set the precedent for parental relocation in the State of […]

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Sexual violence is the most heinous crime against a person other than murder.

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Victims of sexual violence and intimidation desire safety and protection from future interactions with their offender and, now, as of July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania has become the 34th state to establish protection for sexual-assault victims. The Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act is modeled closely after the Protection from Abuse Act, but […]

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Social Security Considerations in Divorce

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Social Security is extremely important to our economic security. Social Security stands as one of the most complex areas in financial planning (let alone divorce planning), but most people overlook it. For divorcing couples, if proper planning is not done, the result could be economically detrimental. The purpose of this guide is to address some […]

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The Application of Evidence Laws in Family Law Matters

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In America, the backbone of  our adversarial system is a jury trial. But as family law practitioners, we are often heard by judges sitting without a jury. Some Judges presiding at nonjury trials often circumvent the rules of evidence.  Judges often admit evidence indiscriminately, ruling on weight and relevance only after all the facts of […]

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Estate and Gift Tax Issues in a Prenup or Divorce

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Many State Courts address the filing of income tax returns in divorce situations. Trial Courts have discretionary authority to compel parties in divorce proceedings to file joint tax returns. However, similar authority does no exist with respect to filing gift tax returns. Each person has a federal tax exemption for lifelong gifts and estate transfers […]

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients have to say about working with us. Please note, results may vary based on individual circumstances.

Melinda Previtera, Esq. came highly recommended to our family. Her knowledge base, professionalism, and compassion paved the way for a successful outcome. Melinda is efficient, detailed, and informative. She helps manage expectations, and postures her client for a fair and equitable result. We are happy to recommend Melinda!

Jennifer A.

My experience was very good. Everyone was professional and attentive to my needs, keeping me updated every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better result, highly recommended.

David R.

My marriage life has been a hell for me for the past four years until I decided to put an end to what has to be ended. Choosing a lawyer was another additional stressful part of the long process. I’m so glad that I’ve found the right one for me at Petrelli Previtera. Life isn’t always fair, but at least having her in my corner, felt even better. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

Caitlin B.

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