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May 2014 Archives

DCS, Esq. Writes Article for the American Bar Association

The American Bar Association ("ABA")  has a Young Lawyers Division ("YLD")  made up of attorneys under the age of 40.  This special subset tackles topics and issues relevant to those in the first stages of their career.  It provides resources, connects practitioners nation-wide and creates a community sounding board.

Wedding Bells are Ringing for PA Same-Sex Couples as Statute is Struck Down

This past Tuesday was a historic day for the state of Pennsylvania as the federal court struck down the statute preventing same-sex marriages and allowing marriage equality for all.  Pennsylvania had been a notoriously conflicted state on the issue in the recent months due to its wide berth of political ideologies stretching across the keystone state and refusal of the legislature to make strides to repeal.  The issue went to the courts after Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, of Montgomery County (a Philadelphia suburb) publically stated that he believed the Pennsylvania law was unconstitutional and would not enforce it.  This incited a suit filed by the Govenor.  

Family Law Finally Comes to Reality TV

On June 4th pop culture television juggernaut, Bravo TV premieres its new show "Untying the Knot," adding family law to it's list of topics slated for reality programming. Starring divorce attorney and top mediator, Vikki Ziegler, Esquire, couples appear on the show to divide their assets out of court. According to BravoTV.com, "[e]ach 30-minute episode features a different divorcing couple struggling to divvy up their belongings that range from dazzling diamonds to the family pets. Expert appraisers Michael and Mark Millea evaluate the items in question and help Vikki determine a fair division of assets." The show promises drama and dubs Ziegler a "Divorce Diva." But how close to "reality" is this show going to be? Ziegler practices in New York and New Jersey, states with varrying differences to Pennsylvania Family Law. I have decided to watch each episode and blog comparisons to real life divorcing couples, between the family law statutes and practices in NY, NJ and PA, as well as my own professional experience. Stay tuned... 

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