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July 2015 Archives

How same-sex divorces may be different

While the momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2015 guaranteed that same-sex couples in Pennsylvania and across the country would be able to marry, the ability for these individuals to divorce is unchartered legal territory. The decision brought about speculation as to how a divorce between same-sex partners would be different than one for opposite-sex couples.

Intense child custody dispute sends kids to juvenile detention

Many divorce disputes among parents in Pennsylvania may seem minor compared to one recent headline-grabbing child custody battle. The extreme case produced an international outcry when a family court judge in Michigan sent three siblings, ages 9, 10, and 14, to a juvenile detention facility when they refused a court order to visit their father.

Court to decide who owns embryos after divorce

As Pennsylvania residents may have heard, a couple that is divorced is embroiled in a controversy involving embryos that were frozen during their marriage and are disputing what should happen to the embryos. Resolution of this court case in California may have a bearing on future cases of this type involving embryos, their deposition and possibly affect other types of genetic material.

What's the benefit of a life insurance trust for my kids?

Life insurance costs a whole lot less when you are younger than when you are older. A lot of people in Pennsylvania might never give that reality much thought when they're young. But there can be some distinct advantages in doing so, especially if you happen to be a young couple starting a family.

Has the time come for a national divorce law?

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on same-sex marriage. The decision makes clear that states can't deny homosexual couples the right to wed. We're sure that not everyone is happy with the declaration, but it is the law of the land. Here in Pennsylvania, the door to same-sex marriage has been open since last year.

What might be expected of someone given power of attorney?

It is never too early to think about and put in writing your desires about what you want to see happen if you should become incapable of making decisions for yourself. This is something that many of the baby boom generation in Pennsylvania may only be coming to realize now as they become the sandwich generation. Many still have children at home. At the same time, they have parents who need extra attention and care as they get into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Bill allowing courts to end rapists' parental rights pending

The Pennsylvania Senate has given its overwhelming approval to a bill that would make it possible for courts to curb the parental rights of rapists who father a child as a result of their crime. The House appears to be on track to do the same.

The nationwide legalization of gay marriage

Just over a year ago, same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania.  In mid-May, our state became one of many to recognize same-sex marriages. That decision was the result of a ruling by a federal judge, who declared Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. While that decision was not appealed by then-Governor Tom Corbett, there remained the possibility of that decision coming into question once the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue.

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