All posts by Sandy Meilton

Act 79 -Provides greater security for victims of abuse in Pennsylvania

On October 12, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe signed in to law Act 79 which amends Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act (23 Pa.C.S.A. 6107). The changes modify some of the provisions that deal with the possession of guns and firearm [...Read More]

Parenting Coordination – What is it and how does it work?

On August 9, 2018, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania entered an order which authorizes the use of a Parenting Coordinator in custody cases involving repeated or intractable conflict between parties. The Rule provides that a Parenting Coordinator may be used [...Read More]

Do Mental Injuries Meet the Definition of Abuse under the PFA Act?

The Protection From Abuse Act (hereinafter the Act) 23 Pa.C.S.A. Sections 6101-6117, defines “abuse” as an attempt to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, [...Read More]

Things to do Before You Say I Do

Spring has finally arrived and with it comes prom, high school, and college graduations, planning for summer vacation and finalizing plans for long-awaited spring weddings. By this time most of the wedding plans have been completed. The venue and menu [...Read More]

Time for a Spring Custody Checkup

As spring and summer approach, it is time to pull out your custody agreements and orders to refresh your recollection regarding precisely what your schedule provides for. Too often parents become complacent about the schedule. You have almost made it [...Read More]

Tax Act and Jobs Act – Its Impact on Child and Spousal Support

As part of our ongoing commentary on the impact of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (hereinafter the Act) which will take effect beginning in the 2018 tax year, this article will continue to review some of the [...Read More]

Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders

Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders are not to be taken lightly and must be complied with to the letter.  The orders are to be read strictly and essentially mean what they say.  This fact should be obvious and the Pennsylvania [...Read More]

Brangelina – Child Custody at the Forefront

Allegations of Abuse in Brangelina Divorce While divorce among the superstars gets more attention from the press and media, at the end of the day, the problems confronted are the same as those faced by most divorcing couples.  Case in [...Read More]

Child Support Amnesty in Dauphin County PA

Child Support Amnesty Offered from June 13 through June 17 Dauphin County is once again offering a child support amnesty program in an effort to encourage parents who have fallen behind in their support payments to get back on track [...Read More]

Pennsylvania Looks To Shorten Length of Time for No Fault Divorces

Shorter Time Periods for No-Fault Divorces in Pennsylvania? Currently pending in the Pennsylvania Senate is legislation that will reduce the length of time for a no fault divorce. The proposed legislation has already passed in the House. The current statute [...Read More]