Family Law

Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

By order dated June 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Rules 1951-1959 of Civil Procedure to establish procedures for actions brought under the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, 42 Pa. C.S. §§62A01-62A20.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure on Domestic Relations Matters

By order dated May 6, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced amendments to several Rules of Civil Procedure in domestic relations matters. New Rule 1920.17 governs the discontinuance and withdrawal of a divorce complaint or claim of equitable distribution.

Supreme Court Announces Amendments to Support Guidelines Regarding Treatment of Social Security Derivative Benefits

Recent amendments to Pennsylvania’s support guidelines are intended to encourage parties to direct that a child’s Social Security derivative benefit be paid to the obligee.

By | 2015-05-15T12:00:52+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Announces Amendments to Support Guidelines Regarding Treatment of Social Security Derivative Benefits

Supreme Court Settles Application of Evidentiary Presumption of Child Abuse in Dependency and Expungement Cases

The Superior Court erred in substituting its judgment for that of the trial court in determining whether a child suffered abuse and whether that abuse was perpetrated by the mother, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in In re L.Z..

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Law, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Settles Application of Evidentiary Presumption of Child Abuse in Dependency and Expungement Cases

Family Law: Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure

Family lawyers take note of several recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure. By order dated March 4, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved amendments to the rules governing who may serve as conference officers, hearing officers and masters in family law matters.