Author Archives: James E. Mahood

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would […]

OK, it might just be a bit too animal-centric and precious to refer to premarital contracts as “pre-pups,” as a recent media article does, but the term is purposefully stated and does make a very valid point. That point is this: Pets are much beloved members in millions of families across the country, Pennsylvania homes […]

While divorce among most demographic groups across the country seems to have tapered off or even declined in recent years, the same cannot be said for one population, namely, persons over 50. In fact, a study from last year indicates that about 25 percent of all divorcing couples in the country are from the baby- […]

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 […]

In most instances, and for obvious reasons, divorce in Pennsylvania or anywhere else is a weighty matter. That is really not surprising, given the number of considerations that can arise when a couple seeks to legally dissolve a marital union. Although every divorce brings its own set of circumstances that need to be considered and […]

Marital contracts entered into both before and during marriage are becoming increasingly common in Pennsylvania and everywhere else across the country. Of course, popularity was about the last thing associated with such agreements in past decades, when a stigma regarding them unquestionably attached in the minds of many people. A prenuptial agreement or postnuptial contract […]

“Having a really good attorney and fighting for your fair share” is critically important to an equitable property division outcome in many so-called “gray” divorces in Pennsylvania and nationally, says an executive with a national family research organization. It’s not hard to see why. Gray divorce — another description for marital dissolution among comparatively older […]

In Whitewood v. Wolf, 2014 WL 2058105 (M.D.Pa. 2014), the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania held that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, thus same-sex marriage is now legal in Pennsylvania. One area of the law that will be greatly impacted by this decision is paternity; however, it remains to […]

In Pennsylvania, the legislature’s attempt to limit marriage to the traditional model, by defining it as a “civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife,” has been found unconstitutional. The legislature, in the wake of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), had passed a law limiting […]

Two fathers, whose former wife took their children to eastern Europe for vacation and did not return the children to the United States in violation of the applicable custody orders, were able to locate the children in France and have them returned to their respective custody after a multiple year search and an emergency court […]