Archive for the ‘Family Law’ Category

Contemplating Divorce during the Pandemic

access_time Posted on: October 9th, 2020

Contemplating Divorce: The Initial Consultation Many people predict that the aftereffect of the pandemic will be a baby boom, an increase in divorces, or a combination of the two.  Typically there is an increase in the number of divorces after summer break or the holidays because these are periods of time when people spend much time together, which causes them to critically reevaluate their relationships.   As people are sheltering at home during COVID-19, many couples are similarly reflecting on their relationships and deciding to make changes. If contemplating the life-changing events of a divorce, it is wise to seek legal… read more »

The Stress of Divorcing

access_time Posted on: May 31st, 2019

Article by: Richard K. Konkel, Esquire Potential clients usually contemplate on whether to move forward with a divorce for an extended period time. They think long and hard about this very difficult decision. Along the way, they may be offered information or advice from friends and family which may or may not be accurate or useful. Beware of free information! You usually get what you pay for, and free advice is often not worth much. If contemplating the life-changing events of a divorce, it is wise to seek legal counsel. Your first interaction when calling an attorney’s office will be… read more »

Is Attendance in Existing Kindergarten Programs Compulsory?

access_time Posted on: August 26th, 2014

Article by: Leanne M. Miller Article V of the School Code (addressing “Duties and Powers of Boards of School Directors”) requires every school district to “establish, equip, furnish, and maintain a sufficient number of elementary public schools, in compliance with the provisions of this act, to educate every person, residing in such district, between the ages of six and twenty-one years, who may attend.” 24 P.S. § 5–501(a). The same article makes clear that school districts are not required to establish kindergarten programs, although they may do so as a matter of discretion, and if a district establishes such a… read more »

Life Insurance, Beneficiaries, and Divorce

access_time Posted on: April 8th, 2014

Article by: Richard K. Konkel What happens if you don’t remove your ex spouse from your life insurance policy following divorce? You may be surprised to learn that how you got the life insurance policy makes an enormous difference. Pennsylvania estate law provides that divorce automatically nullifies the designation of an ex spouse as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Only if the parties’ settlement agreement or a court order clearly provides that the ex spouse shall continue as the beneficiary can an ex spouse remain entitled to a life insurance benefits designation signed before the divorce. Thus, when… read more »

Child Support Update

access_time Posted on: July 22nd, 2012

Article by: Richard K. Konkel Pennsylvania’s support guidelines establish the amount of child support owed by one parent to the other. A parent is entitled to receive child support if he or she has physical custody of the child for more overnights than the other parent does. Where parents share physical custody equally, the parent who earns more money owes the other parent a decreased amount of child support. The amount of child support is calculated from the parties’ combined total net income. The Pennsylvania support guidelines include a specific dollar amount, called the “basic support obligation,” for each child… read more »

Child Support for College Students

access_time Posted on: June 30th, 2010

Article by: Leanne M. Miller Pennsylvania law provides that a parent’s entitlement to receive child support from the other parent ends when the child is 18 years old and has graduated from high school. Support will also end if the child is emancipated—living independently of both parents, in a self‑supporting status. Some exceptions are made for special needs or disabled children. Some parents enter into agreements regarding the payment of their children’s college tuition and expenses. Often, when such agreements are drafted, they are part of a divorce settlement. Pennsylvania courts have no authority to order any parent to pay… read more »