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July 2013 Archives

Same-Sex Marriage: Is PA About to Become a Battleground State?

Recently, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the constiutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and struck down several provisions of the law. DOMA famously defined marriage under federal law as between a man and a woman.  Not surprisingly, this decision has sparked debate and action in various states who's own similar laws are being questioned.  Pennsylvania is one such state.  The PA Marriage Law also defines marriage as between one man and one woman, preventing same-sex couples from marrying in the Commonweath.  Until, now.  

Adoption: The Different Types and What You Need to Know

Deciding to adopt is a big decision for any family, and everyone has their own reasons for wanting to do so.  Bringing a new child into your home is exciting, but also can be daunting for families who don't know where to begin the process.  Additionally, as our legal system treats parental rights as one of the most sacred, it can be helpful to educate yourself on the types of adoption before embarking on the journey.  Let the below information serve as a starting point to give you the basics on the types of adoptions available and about your rights as future adoptive parents.

Diana C. Schimmel, Esquire Contributes to the Carpey Law July Newsletter: "Financially Educating Yourself During and After Divorce"

This month Diana C. Schimmel, Esquire was asked to contribute to the Carpey Law monthly newsletter and submit a guest article.  Carpey Law is a prominent personal injury and car accident firm, run by Stuart A. Carpey, Esquire.  The article is titled "Financially Educating Yourself During and After Divorce" and discusses some of the important factors to consider when dividing your marital assets.  It additionally points out the benefits to hiring not only a family law attorney but also a certified divorce financial analyst.  

10 Tips to Testifying in a Family Law Case

For most people, the only experience they have with court or testifying comes from what they have seen on TV.  They think it is smart to mimick "Franklin & Bash" or the drama on "Law & Order".  But, leading with the theatrics can often annoy a judge hearing your case and end up doing more harm than good.  I always advise my clients to be calm and authentic and let the truth speak for itself.  While this may seem easier said then done, here are some tips to follow when testifying in a family law case to help you:

Diana C. Schimmel, Esquire Guest Blogs on "Divorce and Money Matters" Column!

This week Diana C. Schimmel, Esquire authored a guest blog posted on the Divorce and Money Matters blog.  The smart and informative column is run by Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Loretta Hutchinson, who is the President and Founder of Financial Divorce Plan, LLC, a divorce financial strategy firm which exclusively advises individuals before, during and after divorce. 

Upcoming Events!

July 10th-1st Annual PHILAlympics to Benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House- 4-8pm @ the Wells Fargo Center

I am excited to announce that I will taking part in 1st Annual PHILAlympics to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday July 10th! I will be raising money for the families staying at Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Please consider making a pledge in my team name. Each generous donation will help provide a home away from home to families whose children are receiving medical care at local Philadelphia hospitals. Friends like you are the reason the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is able to offer a loving, comfortable environment for the over 2,700 families they serve each year. Many thanks in advance for your support! Click here for the link to my team page and thank you in advance for donating!

Exciting Announcement- Diana C. Schimmel, Esq. Nominated for the 2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track Award

I am humbled and honored to announce that I have been nominated by two respected female attorneys in the Philadelphia legal community for the 2013 "Lawyers on the Fast Track" award. Each year The Legal Intelligencer selects bright, motivated young attorneys to receive this prestigious award. The recipients will officially be announced at the end of July. To be nominated is a huge honor, especially coming from those I respect and admire. Please keep your fingers crossed and thank you to all who support The Law Office of Diana C. Schimmel, Esquire.

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