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May 2013 Archives

Summer, Summer, Summer Time!

Summer time can raise additional child custody issues for co-parents due to extra holidays and vacation time. The summer is book-ended by Memorial Day and Labor Day, with 4th of July in the middle. Summer is also a time for family vacations to the beach, mountains or camping. When a family is a unit, vacation is taken all together. With a split or divorce, coordinating vacation time can be a bit trickier. Mom and Dad may want the same week with the children or the same holiday for that BBQ. While children get an extra vacation, parents may get an extra headache. Here are two key concepts to keep in mind during the summer when dealing with your ex about shared custodial time. Follow these tips and and avoid ending up back in family court: 1. Communicate
Give the other party notice of your trip. Tell them fully where you are going, the dates you will be traveling, how you will be traveling (air, car, etc.), the address and phone number of the place you will be staying. If you let them know where you and the children will be for the entire vacation, it will show your up-front honesty and give piece of mind.

Social Media: To Share or Not to Share?

With social media playing such a significant role in our current culture and our lives, it is no surprise it has crept its way into the family law arena. Users have many options with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, and Google + all available to showcase your life. Social media can be a positive tool that can connect old friends, share life milestones and spread a message. In the family law context it can sometimes, for example, be the best way for a parent involved in a custody case to communicate with his or her teenage child. However, there can be several downfalls to social media as well. Unflattering pictures can be posted publically and mud in the form of status updates can be flung. While social media is not always accepted in the family law court as evidence, you can never be too careful. Let this article act as a social media etiquette guide as you review the following list:

Foster Care Awareness Month

May is foster care awareness month and communities around the five-county area are working hard to spread the word.  Montgomery County Children and Youth has launched a campaign via social media to help raise awareness and get citizens involved.

When it comes to custody, celebrities are just like us.

Family law issues don't seem to escape the rich and famous. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly discussing (and potentially disagreeing) about where their baby will be born and spend its first 6 months. Kanye wants Paris, the City of Light. Kim wants Southern California close to her tight knit family. If Kim and Kanye were a Pennsylvania couple involved in a child custody dispute, there are some specific things to consider in this kind of scenario.

Prenup, Prenup, Prenup!

With the excitement of getting engaged and the fun of planning a wedding, young couples don't usually want to think about the unromantic detail of signing a prenuptial agreement. However, they certainly should. Prenputial agreements or "prenups" as they are more commonly called, do not have to be for couples with that second home or third car. Prenups can be for that 20-something couple just starting out. With a prenuptial agreement, you are planning for the "what if" you cannot foresee. When you purchase a car, do you forgo the car insurance because you don't know whether you're going to have an auto accident in ten years? No, certainly not. Do you want to be prepared in case you do? Of course. A prenuptial agreement follows the same logic and puts in place a contingency plan in the unfortunate event of divorce. If and when the time comes, you will be able to look to a document you and your spouse tailored to your relationship instead of being left to the mercy of the law and courts. When going through a divorce, couples are not often the most level-headed and can make decisions out of spite or anger. If you have a prenuptial agreement, your more rational self, who made the decisions for you years ago, can prevail. If you are still doubtful, go speak to an attorney and tell him or her what assets you currently have and how you would divide them in the event of a divorce. Allow yourself to play the hypothetical game. Often family law attorneys can creatively tailor an agreement that suits you as a couple. There is nothing that says all prenuptial agreements have to be alike. Regardless of what you choose to have your family law attorney draft, you should walk away with piece of mind knowing in the event of the worst, you planned for the best.

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