All posts by Sandy Meilton

In Vitro Fertilization – Just Be Careful

I read with horror the recent story about the Asian American couple who gave birth to twins only to be told that due to a “mix up” at the California fertility clinic, the twins were not their biological children and [...Read More]

Take Home DNA tests – Fun or Folly – Part 1

At Home DNA tests (e.g. 23andMe and AncestryDNA) are all the rage.  DNA test kits were gift of choice in many families this past Christmas.  In fact, it is reported that 1,500,000 of the take home kits were sold on [...Read More]

Take Home DNA tests – Fun or Folly – Part 2

DNA take home test kits can be used to receive information about “disease risk” and/or to learn about ancestral background.  Whatever the purpose, users must remember that DNA is an extremely complicated set of genes that cannot be simplified into [...Read More]

Dividing Marital Assets – Do I Need A Financial Advisor?

When dividing assets as part of a divorce, it is important to remember that even though financial accounts may appear to be fairly equal in dollar value, the nature of the investments may be very different and the financial consequences [...Read More]

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]