Family Law

PBI’s Week In Review

New Matter in protracted custody litigation not the type of pleading subject to Dragonetti, P.J.A. v. H.C.N., February 13, 2017

New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Obtaining a birth certificate just became a little easier for same-sex female couples.

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

A stepparent who takes affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent may be liable for child support, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in A.S. v. I.S..

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Rules 1120 and 1608 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure will be modified next year to ensure Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (PSTSFA).

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Superior Court Upholds Legality of Surrogacy Agreements in Pennsylvania

Gestational surrogacy agreements are not void as against public policy in Pennsylvania and can be used to create parentage of a child, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in In Re: Baby S

By | December 8th, 2015|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Superior Court Upholds Legality of Surrogacy Agreements in Pennsylvania

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Witnesses in Custody Cases

By order dated October 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Pa. R.C.P. 1915.4-4, which governs pre-trial procedures in custody cases.

By | November 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Witnesses in Custody Cases

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule Changes on Qualifications of Masters in Dependency and Delinquency Matters

By order dated July 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that new Rules 182 and 1182 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, as modified, shall be effective August 1, 2017.

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Rule Changes on Qualifications of Masters in Dependency and Delinquency Matters

Juvenile Court Rule Changes Aimed at Encouraging Family Finding

By order dated July 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved modifications to Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611, and 1635.

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule Changes Aimed at Encouraging Family Finding

Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has announced amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure governing actions for custody of minor children.

By | August 6th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children