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Child Support

How Adopting a Children’s Bill of Rights in Divorce Could Help Limit Negative Effects on Kids

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Going through a divorce can be an incredibly challenging time for anyone, especially when children are involved. As a parent, one of your primary concerns is to shield your children from hurt and unfamiliarity as much as possible. In most cases, children technically have limited rights in a divorce case. There may be instances where […]

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Child Support and Your Special Needs Child

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QUESTION: “What are the unique factors that must be accounted for when negotiating a divorce agreement where there is a special needs child?”  One in five families American households includes a child with special needs. This means that the child has a physical, mental, developmental or emotional condition that requires additional medical care, mental health […]

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What Happens If Your Ex Violated a Court Order?

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By the time the dust settles in a divorce case, there are often several court orders in place. This is especially true if the divorced couple has children together. When someone fails to comply with the terms of an order, they could face court appearances, fines and jail time. The charge might also impact their […]

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Guiding You Through The Process Of Establishing Paternity

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Paternity is the legal status that establishes whether or not someone is another person’s biological father. Establishing paternity is very important in the eyes of the law when it comes to child support and child custody issues. There are court proceedings and DNA testing that are both used to establish paternity, and the better they […]

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Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO)

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We hear the term “QDRO” bounced around all the time in divorce cases, but what we don’t hear often is “QMCSO.” It certainly doesn’t roll off your tongue as mellifluously, but it’s equally important. QMCSO stands for Qualified Medical Child Support Order and serves to enforce the 1993 amendment to the Employee Retirement Income Security […]

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Do You Need to Modify a Court Order?

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You have already completed your divorce, but something in your life drastically changes. What happens when circumstances involving your career, finances or living situation have changed? Even after your divorce has concluded, you have the right to petition the court for a modification of orders when necessary. Below are a few situations in which you […]

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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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