Category Archives: Family Law

A party’s right to claim one’s child as a dependent on income tax returns depends upon the number of overnight custody periods the child spends with that parent.  The parent with the greater number of overnight custody periods of the child during a tax year will be entitled to claim the child as a dependent […]



Pennsylvania Divorce Code: waiting period reduced to one year. The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a bill reducing the separation period for no-fault divorces from two years to one year.  Under Section 3301(d) of the Divorce Code, when grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage are established, the court may enter a divorce decree after […]



Let’s start with defining what is not marital property, also known as non-marital property.  Non-marital property refers to the following: Property acquired prior to marriage or property acquired in exchange for property acquired prior to the marriage. Property excluded by valid agreement of the parties entered into before, during or after the marriage. Property acquired […]



You may be making spousal maintenance payments to a soon-to-be former spouse or already divorced partner. Did you know that such payments can be claimed as a deduction on income in your income tax return? Alternatively, you might perhaps be receiving pre-divorce spousal support or alimony following your marital dissolution. Were you aware that incoming […]