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Superior Court Affirms Standard of Review

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In an opinion filed in December 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed its prior holding as to the standard of review of parenting coordinators’ decisions in custody cases. Parenting coordinators are individuals whom the court appoints to aid enforcement of custody orders. After the court enters an order for legal and/or physical custody, the court […]

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PA Court Holds that Support Order is Modifiable due to Parkinson’s Disease

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A recent Pennsylvania case featured two ex-spouses who disagreed whether the husband was entitled to a modification of their existing support order. In the case, Windley v. Schwarz, the spouses were divorced in New Hampshire and thereafter agreed to a uniform support order. Under the agreed upon order, the husband was to pay the wife […]

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Ways to Deal with the New School Year

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Classes have started back up again in most schools throughout the Philadelphia area. The start of a new school year is always exciting, but when you are divorced, you are likely to feel some degree of stress. You may wonder, for example, if the current custody schedule will work, or you may not trust that […]

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Is $400,000 per Month in Child Support a Lot? It Depends.

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Details of Katie Holmes’ and Tom Cruise’s divorce settlement recently surfaced, highlighting the fact that support payments have to be viewed in relation to a number of other factors. According to this article, Holmes will receive $400,000 per month for 12 years in child support under the settlement. She will not receive any spousal support […]

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Essay Contemplates Equal Custody Time as the Norm

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An essay recently published online makes an interesting argument that the law should presume that divorcing parents should get equal custody time with their children. The idea has been floating around for some time, but no state has adopted it. In most states, including Pennsylvania, if the parents cannot come to an out-of-court settlement, the […]

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Women are Paying More Child and Spousal Support

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The tables have turned in one important area of divorce law – more and more women are paying child and spousal support instead of receiving them. It is not uncommon for women to earn more than their husbands, and as a result, they end up owing support. A survey conducted this spring showed that the […]

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What Unmarried Couples Need to Know About Ending Relationships

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Ending a long term relationship is just as painful whether you are legally married or not, and a long term relationship that is not recognized as a marriage may result in similar issues to a marriage when the relationship dissolves. Pennsylvania does not yet recognize same sex marriages, nor do all municipalities recognize domestic partnerships. […]

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The Debate over Cohabiting and Divorce

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Lately there has been discussion in the media about whether living together with the person you are dating before marriage increases the likelihood that you’ll divorce someday. A psychologist published in the New York Times this spring alleging that cohabitation makes divorce more likely. But other writers, such as the author of this blog, have […]

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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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