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Lauren H. Kane

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Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody, Adoption
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Lauren H Kane is an attorney that cares about each and every client she represents. While many lawyers work 9 to 5 and view the law as just another jo... (more)

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Mary Beth Reinecker

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support

Mary Beth Reinecker is an experienced Philadelphia Family Law attorney with over 25 years of experience in the Philadelphia Courts. The Law Office of... (more)

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Andrew D. Taylor

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Family Law, Child Custody, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Child Support
I limit my practice exclusively to family law includingdivorce, support and custody.

I practice family law in Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Berks, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. I also handle family law appeals for cases all ove... (more)

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Donald Williford

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Bankruptcy, DUI-DWI, Family Law, Litigation, Wills & Probate

Bristol, PA Lawyer The Law Office of Donald Williford For over 24 years, the Law Office of Donald Williford has provided aggressive and effect... (more)

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Fredric D. Rubin

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Family Law, Collaborative Law, Mediation, Criminal, Personal Injury
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Lawyers are problem solvers. I enjoy that role and I offer strong personal service, with creativity and energy to achieve it. The personal touch means... (more)

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Karen Ulmer Pendergast

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Estate, Power of Attorney, Mediation
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Karen Ulmer Pendergast is an attorney licensed to practice in both PA & NJ. Ms. Pendergast founded the law firm in 2001, concentrating her practice in... (more)

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John W. Craynock

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Bankruptcy, Family Law, State and Local, Personal Injury, Wills & Probate

John Craynock has been a practicing attorney since 1983 and has received many kudos and awards over his career. John has successfully helped individu... (more)

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Penelope A. Boyd

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Divorce & Family Law, Education, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law
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I have been representing families and individuals with legal problems for over 35 years. I can help you assess your options, navigate the legal syst... (more)

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Family Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Criminal
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LEGAL TERMS

EMANCIPATION

The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order... (more...)
The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order of President Lincoln, known as the 'Emancipation Proclamation.' After the Civil War, this emancipation was extended to the entire country and made law by the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. Nowadays, emancipation refers to the point at which a child is free from parental control. It occurs when the child's parents no longer perform their parental duties and surrender their rights to the care, custody and earnings of their minor child. Emancipation may be the result of a voluntary agreement between the parents and child, or it may be implied from their acts and ongoing conduct. For example, a child who leaves her parents' home and becomes entirely self-supporting without their objection is considered emancipated, while a child who goes to stay with a friend or relative and gets a part-time job is not. Emancipation may also occur when a minor child marries or enters the military.

QMSCO

See Qualified Medical Child Support Order.

ATTORNEY FEES

The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (... (more...)
The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (the lawyer collects a percentage of any money she wins for her client and nothing if there is no recovery), or retainer (usually a down payment as part of an hourly or per job fee agreement). Attorney fees must usually be paid by the client who hires a lawyer, though occasionally a law or contract will require the losing party of a lawsuit to pay the winner's court costs and attorney fees. For example, a contract might contain a provision that says the loser of any lawsuit between the parties to the contract will pay the winner's attorney fees. Many laws designed to protect consumers also provide for attorney fees -- for example, most state laws that require landlords to provide habitable housing also specify that a tenant who sues and wins using that law may collect attorney fees. And in family law cases -- divorce, custody and child support -- judges often have the power to order the more affluent spouse to pay the other spouse's attorney fees, even where there is no clear victor.

FAULT DIVORCE

A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorc... (more...)
A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorce from the 'guilty' spouse. Today, 35 states still allow a spouse to allege fault in obtaining a divorce. The traditional fault grounds for divorce are adultery, cruelty, desertion, confinement in prison, physical incapacity and incurable insanity. These grounds are also generally referred to as marital misconduct.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM

A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. Fo... (more...)
A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. For example, a guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed to represent the interests of a child whose parents are locked in a contentious battle for custody, or to protect a child's interests in a lawsuit where there are allegations of child abuse. The GAL may conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions. Sometimes called court-appointed special advocates (CASAs).

DISSOLUTION

A term used instead of divorce in some states.

CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE

The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even... (more...)
The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT

See alimony.

POT TRUST

A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One impor... (more...)
A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One important advantage of a pot trust over separate trusts is that it allows the trustee to provide for one child's unforeseen need, such as a medical emergency. But a pot trust can also make the trustee's life difficult by requiring choices about disbursing funds to the various children. A pot trust ends when the youngest child reaches a certain age, usually 18 or 21.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Procito v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review

... [10] The majority fails to consider the "best interests of the child" doctrine, which motivates and controls family law. If Claimant were to prove that she has provided care, shelter, nurture and affection to the children of her domestic ...

Staub v. Staub

... Father, as the "breadwinner" of the family, has been relatively uninvolved in the home school program by his choice, according to his testimony. ... Historically, we note that in 1682, the "Great Law" passed by the First General Assembly of Pennsylvania "included a provision for the ...

Yates v. Yates

... Id. ¶ 19 In appointing Attorney Famous, the trial court observed that Attorney Famous is "a highly respected Bucks County attorney whose practice is focused solely on Family law[.]" Trial Court Opinion, 3/7/08, at 9 n. 5. The trial court presided 542 over this custody dispute since ...