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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!

Pack up the van, strap the kids in their car seats, forward the mail and let's move! But wait, not so fast. If you are a parent or caregiver in the state of Pennsylvania, are the primary caregiver, or the one with whom the children spend most of their time, and you are not living in the same home as a co-parent, you cannot simply pull up stakes, send the other parent a postcard and relocate. Whether you are moving across county lines, state lines, to the other side of the country or around the world, you must follow Pennsylvania's relocation law, which applies whether you have a Custody Order from the Courts...or not. Even if you have never been to court and never filed for custody, the Relocation law could apply to your move. The law is one of Pennsylvania's more complicated Family Law statutes and it is important to discuss how to proceed with your attorney. When speaking to your attorney, a few things to consider are:

3 tips for Same-Sex Couples Navigating Marriage Equality in PA and NJ

In the last year, same-sex marriage was legalized in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, paving the way for thousands of couples to finally get hitched.  This new freedom granted same-sex couples not only the right to exchange vows and rings, but it gave them a new set of legal rights.  These rights, while the same, can be applied differently in the context of family law as it relates to these couples.  Below are some areas that stand out as important for same-sex couples to realize and understand:

Family Law Resolutions to Keep in 2015

January is a symoblic month known for New Year's resolutions. Gym memberships soar, people vow to lose weight or try something new. With this theme in mind, I've set forth a few resolutions parents involved in custody and/or divorce matters should keep in mind and try to live by:

  1. Be more sensitive to your child's feelings. Your child did not ask to be in this position- shuffling from home to home, spending limited time with parents they used to see daily and meeting new significant others. Cut them a bit of a break and try to be more accommodating.
  2. Try not to make negative comments about the other parent. Bad mouthing the other parent is not going to score you points with your children or the court. Remember, your child still has a relationship with and feelings for this other parent. Such negativity really only hurts the child.
  3. Be civil in public and at public events. Parents are embarrassing to children in public as it is, but fighting parents are even worse. At school functions or sporting events, try to keep the glares and snide remarks to yourself.

Hopefully with these tips in mind, you can keep positive in the New Year! ~Diana 

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