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What are Fathers’ Right…

What are Fathers’ Rights When Parents Aren’t Married?

When a family welcomes a new child it should be a happy event. But when a child’s parents aren’t married sometimes that child’s father faces an uphill paternity battle to establish their rights and protect their children.  When Parents’ Righ… Read More
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Common Defenses to Drunk…

Common Defenses to Drunk Driving Charges

A stop at a DUI checkpoint didn’t go well. A police officer pulled you over for speeding when you’d had too much to drink. Or maybe you caused a drunk driving accident. However it happened, if you find yourself facing Pennsylvania DUI charges, yo… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Law, DUI
How Do Judges Decide Chil…

How Do Judges Decide Child Custody in Pennsylvania?

Child custody can be the single most important important issue when couples divorce or unmarried parents go their separate ways. Both parents often want to be sure they have time with their children and the authority to make important decisions in th… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
Should You Include Fault…

Should You Include Fault in Your Pennsylvania Divorce?

Blame and fault is almost always part of getting a divorce. There is a reason why couples no longer want to be together, and each spouse probably has a different explanation for what went wrong. In Pennsylvania, some of those reasons affect the proce… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Family Law
Grandmother reading a book to granddaughters

Grandparents Child Custody Rights

ASK BUD Grandparent  – “How can a grandparent get custody? Bud asks – “Tell me about the relationship.” Grandparent: “I had a very close relationship with my granddaughter, Ivy (name changed for confidentiality), for a few years, and the… Read More
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Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

Our attorneys at Berman & Associates take a strong position both in and out of the court system when we represent clients facing first offense DUI charges. Being able to avoid that conviction puts you in a position to apply for an expungement (… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Law, DUI

Pet Custody Law

When couples split up or divorce, who gets the family pet often becomes a matter of dispute. Typically our dogs and cats become family, so protecting and having access to them becomes an important issue. Pennsylvania law, however, views pets as prope… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Family Law, Pets

Non-Marital and Pre-Marital Pet Contracts

Disputes over pet ownership are increasingly common following a break-up and can be very costly for all involved. As a result, all couples, regardless of marital status, should consider entering into a contract that provides for pet ownership and pet… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Family Law, Pets

Is Domestic Violence an Issue in Your Case?

Under the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act, a victim of familial, household or domestic abuse is offered the opportunity to remove an abusive person from his or her home. It is important to realize that help is available and that you do not hav… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Family Law

Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements

Prior to marriage, it is important to protect the personal assets you bring into the marriage. This can be accomplished by drafting a clear prenuptial agreement, which can save time, expense and stress, should a divorce or separation later occur. It… Read More
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Categories: Family Law