Category Archives: Family


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]

Protection From Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act

Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation is Expanded in Pennsylvania Effective July 1, 2015, the Protection from Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act  (PSVI) will become effective in Pennsylvania.  The Act is designed to afford protection similar to the protection afforded [...Read More]

What if Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Wanted to Change her Name in PA?

A rose by any other name…but just try to change it! With all of the public fascination surrounding the naming of the new royal princess, one might question just who has the right to select a child’s name and how [...Read More]

Dauphin County’s New Divorce Master & Seminar

Educational Seminar & Permanent Master Implemented by Dauphin County Court In my previous post, I discussed the implementation by Dauphin County of a Family Court system.  In addition to the establishment of the Family Court, two other changes were instituted [...Read More]

Dauphin County Establishes Family Court

New Family Court Created in Dauphin County 2015 brings with it some exciting changes to the Dauphin County Court with the establishment of a Family Court.  Prior to the establishment of Family Court, most family law matters were handled on [...Read More]