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Adoption for the LGBT Family

Adoption for the LGBT Family

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

Joint Custody and Shared Custody – What’s the Difference?

Joint Custody and Shared Custody – What’s the Difference?

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?

Child Support – a 101 Guide to What You Can Expect from Child Support

Child Support – a 101 Guide to What You Can Expect from Child Support

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

Child Custody Relocation – A Guide to Relocation Custody

Child Custody Relocation – A Guide to Relocation Custody

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 Law in Philadelphia – What Is Family Law?

Family Law in Philadelphia – What Is Family Law?

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?

Domestic Violence Lawyer Philadelphia – Protecting You and Your Rights

Domestic Violence Lawyer Philadelphia – Protecting You and Your Rights

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