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“How can I change my child’s school” – School Choice and Custody Issues

August 28, 2018 By Elizabeth C. Early, Esquire Every spring and summer, custody attorneys and the custody courts see a drastic increase in the amount of cases brought to the court for consideration regarding where the parties’ children will attend school in the next year. “School choice” cases, as those cases are typically called, are […]

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New Grandparent and Third-Party Custody Law

August 1, 2018 By Brittany M. Yurchyk As of July 2018 a new law regarding grandparent and third party child rights took full effect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Act 21 of 2018 expands the categories of people able to request custody of a child through the courts.  Act 21 also clarifies when grandparents can […]

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Alcohol Abuse and Custody: What Safeguards are Available?

May 2, 2018 By Elizabeth C. Early A straightforward custody case can be made extremely complex and contentious when accusations are raised regarding alcohol use and abuse. Regardless of whether the concerns are legitimate or not, alcohol use that may have been problematic, but tolerated while a relationship was intact, becomes magnified many times over […]

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Proceed with Caution: Parental Alienation – When the Accuser Becomes the Accused

March 20, 2018 By Brittany Yurchyk Parental alienation is one of the most complex custody issues our clients face.  When a co-parent systematically manipulates your child to reject you, it is beyond terrifying. If the behavior is severe, it can have irreversible negative effects on your child’s psyche and development. However, before  running into court […]

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Top 10 Tips for Child Custody Issues

January 9, 2018 By Melissa M. Boyd Child custody issues are some of the most difficult to deal with no matter the marital status of the parents. The High Swartz Domestic Relations team knows that every case is different, and the people involved in these cases may feel vulnerable and overwhelmed. Each of us has […]

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“The Grinch that Stole My Custody”

December 29, 2017 By Elizabeth C. Early An often unforeseen complication of separation or divorce is the highly emotional decision of who has custody of your children over the major holidays. It is natural to feel mixed emotions as you approach the holiday season: excitement over the holidays coupled with sadness and perhaps some resentment […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Social Media and Divorce

June 20, 2017 By Melissa M. Boyd Social media is a constant presence in our lives. It has become a forum for us to catch up with friends across distances, share our triumphs large and small, and feel more connected to family. As such, social networking can be a positive experience. Yet it can be […]

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When Counseling Perpetuates Abuse

April 18, 2017 As family law attorneys we often take for granted that the paperwork required by the Court in order to begin a divorce action is simply administrative “filler.” We often tell clients that the counseling notice we are required to file with a divorce complaint is a formality and is never utilized.  But […]

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Mediation: Protect What you Bargain For

February 28, 2017 Strengths and Weaknesses of Non-Attorney Guided Mediation Divorce mediation is an out-of-court dispute resolution tool that helps separating couples who want to amicably settle their issues with minimal involvement of the legal system. A good mediator is one who will guide the spouses during their negotiations, facilitate meaningful dialogue and point the […]

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Can I Expunge My Protection From Abuse Order?

February 21, 2017 By Elizabeth Early A question that we commonly hear from litigants who are defending or have defended against a Petition for a Protection from Abuse Order is whether the Order can be expunged from their record. The answer is: that depends on how far through the legal system the Protection from Abuse […]

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Moving Forward in the New Normal: Navigating Custody with Teenagers

July 8, 2016 Many times after a divorce is final and custody is negotiated, families may experience challenges once their children become teenagers. Teens have busy social lives and activity calendars which can make it tricky for them to follow a schedule that was previously put in place. When  issues with visitation schedules begin, it […]

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Commonly Asked Q&A for Child Support

April 26, 2016 By: Elizabeth Early One of the most commonly asked questions that I hear from new clients is: “How is child support calculated?” When parties transition from a shared household income to two separate, individual incomes, it is natural for both parties to feel anxious about just how much they will be expected […]

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