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November 2016 Archives

Tips for Parents with Shared Custody to Get Through the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over, and that means the holiday season is officially upon us. The lights have been strung and the sales have begun. Unfortunately, the start of the holiday season also brings potential strain in families with shared custody arrangements. Winter breaks and celebrations provide a chance for parents to spend more time with their children, and most people want their loved ones near at this time of year. This can lead to disputes and cause tension in an otherwise joyous time. The following tips can alleviate some of the potential stress and pressure that comes with shared custodial arrangements during the holidays, and help parents to focus on the children who enjoy it most.

Making the Most of your Initial Consultation: 5 Tips to Kick-start your Attorney-Client Relationship the Right Way

The initial consultation is the first step in the attorney-client relationship. This first meeting sets the stage for the representation and allows the attorney to determine how they can best represent you and your needs. Like any situation, you want to kick things off on the right foot, and create a communicative and trusting relationship. To make the most of your initial consultation, consider the following tips:

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Grandparents Cannot Get Partial Custody

Parents experiencing marital difficulties can choose from an infinite number of possibilities. Sometimes parents decide to separate but not to divorce. In these situations, Pennsylvania law has allowed grandparents to ask for partial custody of the children. However, the commonwealth's Supreme Court recently ruled that this law was unconstitutional.

New Ruling in NJ Says Parents of "Gifted" Children Could Pay Additional Child Support

Having a child with special talents is a gift in and of itself, but may involve more expenses than anticipated. This makes last week's New Jersey family law decision that a parent of a gifted child may have to pay additional child support all the more practical. A New Jersey family law Judge said that if there is some clear indication that the child is gifted, a parent could pay more in child support to meet that child's needs in developing their talents.

Previtera & Schimmel Dresses Up and Gives Back at Fuel the Cure Gala

On Saturday November 5th the partners of Previtera and Schimmel joined 800 of Philadelphia's philanthropic young professionals at the 9th annual Fuel the Cure Gala. The benefit (held for the first time at the 23rd street armory) benefitted the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Summer Search. Both amazing organizations helping make the lives of children better.

DSA, Esq. Attends 1st Annual Making Divorce Healthier Symposium

On Tuesday November 15th, Previtera & Schimmel Partner Diana Schimmel Avena, attended (and spoke) at the first annual Making Divorce Healthier Symposium.  Held at picturesque Normandy Farms Conference Center, 130 like-minded divorce professionals met to discuss making the process healthier and more beneficial for clients and divorcing parties.  

Is A Workers' Compensation Settlement Property In A Divorce?

If you want to try and tackle one of the most subjective and difficult topics in all of law, then you should try to figure out how workers' compensation gets handled in a divorce settlement. Every state has different divorce laws, which means every state handles the idea of marital property differently. But if you ask several lawyers from several states how a workers' compensation settlement is split up in a divorce, you are bound to get a variety of answers, even from lawyers who practice in the same state.

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