Choosing to adopt a child into your family can be a beautiful decision that will benefit both you and the child throughout your lives. However, there are important legal restrictions to take note of before and during your foray into the adoption process. While the requirements vary by state, Pennsylvania adoption laws are becoming more … Continue reading Adoption Practices and Regulations
At Smith & Horwitz, one of our specialties throughout our services as family lawyers involves taking care of the complicated adoption proceedings for same-sex couples seeking to grow their family. With this summer’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, married gay and lesbian couples can now enjoy the same adoption privileges enjoyed by heterosexual married … Continue reading Adoption for the LGBT Family
Divorce is a topic often fraught with high emotions and unreasonable expectations on both sides. In navigating a divorce, it’s important to approach the legal components of the case with a clear head to make sure that you don’t make any rash or unnecessary decisions. Here are some quick terms that you should understand about … Continue reading Pennsylvania Terms of Divorce
It’s a common misconception for many divorcing couples that receiving alimony is an automatic result of finalizing their divorce proceedings. On the contrary, it is only awarded when one spouse specifically asks for it in court or settles it in previous discussions with their attorney and the other divorcing party. Here some of our best answers … Continue reading Understanding Alimony
Though the terms “joint custody” and “shared custody” are often used interchangeably, legally speaking there is a difference between the two, and the state of Pennsylvania has its own terminology and definitions of the way that parents may be assigned legal responsibility, physical responsibility, or both for children under the age of eighteen. Custody is … Continue reading Joint Custody and Shared Custody – What’s the Difference?
In the state of Pennsylvania, both parents are expected to provide support for their child until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever happens later, unless the court orders otherwise. Because it is assumed that the parent with whom the child lives (the custodial parent) is financially responsible for … Continue reading Child Support – a 101 Guide to What You Can Expect from Child Support
Joint custody of a minor child is a legal arrangement that may refer to physical custody of a child under the age of eighteen, legal custody of the child, or both. Legal custody establishes who has the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, while physical custody addresses who the child spends … Continue reading Joint Custody – What Are My Rights As A Parent?
Creating an equitable child custody arrangement is a difficult or straightforward process. A custody arrangement can sometimes be achieved relatively quickly, or it can raise strong feelings and hostility between all parties. No matter which way your custody negotiations went, introducing the idea of relocation into the mix can complicate matters greatly. Fortunately the state … Continue reading Child Custody Relocation – A Guide to Relocation Custody
Family has been called the heart and soul of society, and though issues that revolve around problems within a family may feel extremely personal, they also are a matter of public interest. Because of this, laws have been written and established to specifically address conflicts and rules about how family matters are resolved, and the … Continue reading Family Law in Philadelphia – What Is Family Law?
Whether you have been the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of the crime of domestic violence, you need an experienced domestic violence lawyer who can protect you and your rights. Victims of domestic violence often do not know where to turn for protection, and those who have been wrongly abused are often … Continue reading Domestic Violence Lawyer Philadelphia – Protecting You and Your Rights