Category Archives: Family


National Children’s Day – June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9th, is National Children’s Day.  According to www.nationaldaycalendar.com, it is a day to “honor the children in our lives….a time to slow down our fast-paced lives…and refocus on the important things.”  While we should all certainly try to [...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]

How to Ease the Holiday Stress

Holidays can be a difficult and stressful time when they have to be shared between two households, but they don’t have to be.  There are many things a divorced or separated parent can do to ease the stress of the [...Read More]

Do You See What I See?

Have you looked at your family members with open eyes to see what has changed in the past year?  Holidays are a great opportunity to evaluate aging family members.  Often we don’t get to see our parents, grandparents, aunts, and [...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]

Back to School

It is that wonderful time of year when our high school graduate children are packing their rooms to go off to college and/or trade school.  Some are choosing to move out on their own and immediately join the workforce! What [...Read More]

Providing for Our Pets – In Sickness and in Health

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere will observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This day is set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  It is also a good day to focus on the special relationship that [...Read More]

The Perils of Social Media in a Family Law Dispute

Almost all of us, including my 81-year-old mother, use some form of social media whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the like. The ease with which people share information on social media can have many drawbacks in many areas [...Read More]

Separated? Do You Qualify as Head of Household?

Separated in 2015 – Do you Qualify for Head of Household Filing Status? It is that time of year, again.  April 15 is fast approaching and parties who have separated during the prior tax year will be confronted with a [...Read More]