I recently had a client who called to inquire about the rights of her in-laws (child's grandparents) to see her child. She originally thought that she did not have to let them see her child. Yes, a grandparent can file for a custody order in certain circumstances.First of all, grandparents can seek visitation and partial … Continue reading Grandparent Rights to Custody & Visitation in Pennsylvania
Custody & Moving…What you need to know
Many of my clients ask me what is required when they move from one county to another, and even from state to state regarding the custody of their children. In Pennsylvania, the process is called relocation and is almost as involved as custody itself.It is clear that when a parent who does not have primary … Continue reading Custody & Moving…What you need to know
Child Custody – What parents should know in a nutshell
Many times I have clients asking how best to protect their child, or how to stop their ex from taking the child out of the county, state, or even the country. The clients want their ex's to have a relationship with the child, but not at the expense of their own relationship. This brief article … Continue reading Child Custody – What parents should know in a nutshell
Does New Pre-Birth Paternity Test Begin to Open the Door for Child Support Before Birth of Child?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire The New York Times printed an article today highlighting a new paternity test that can determine the paternity of an unborn child through a relatively noninvasive blood test. The test raises the question of whether the door is opening for financial support for unborn children. The goal of this article … Continue reading Does New Pre-Birth Paternity Test Begin to Open the Door for Child Support Before Birth of Child?
Free Knux! — but not in Pennsylvania. Can you file for custody of a pet?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire A story in the national headlines this week raises the interesting question of whether you can file for custody of a pet in Pennsylvania. According to msnbc.com, Craig Dershowitz of New York, reportedly, spent over $60,000 in legal fees attempting to gain custody of the dog he shared with his … Continue reading Free Knux! — but not in Pennsylvania. Can you file for custody of a pet?
What is Legal Custody?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Many are surprised to learn that in Pennsylvania there are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is how the time with the child is divided. What then is legal custody? 23 Pa.C.S. § 5322 defines legal custody. "Legal custody" is defined as "the right to make major decisions … Continue reading What is Legal Custody?
Can the Non-Custodial Parent Ever Claim the Children on Federal Taxes After a Separation or Divorce?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire It's tax season again and the April 15th deadline is quickly approaching! As a result, as a family law attorney, a lot of tax related questions are coming in from my clients. A common question is: can the non-custodial parent ever claim the children on federal taxes after a separation … Continue reading Can the Non-Custodial Parent Ever Claim the Children on Federal Taxes After a Separation or Divorce?
Child Custody: I Want Full Custody!
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Quite often a parent comes in for an initial consultation and expresses the desire to seek “full custody” of his/her child(ren). The term “full custody,” however, means a lot of different things to different people. Even amongst practitioners, terms like “full custody,” “primary custody,” and “visitation” can mean a variety … Continue reading Child Custody: I Want Full Custody!