Category Archives: Custody

Divorces can be emotional and stressful, and when children are involved, child custody arrangements can make things even more challenging and may cause additional concerns. What if your ex-spouse doesn’t abide by the arrangement and doesn’t meet you with your children on time? What if they talk about moving out of state? Luckily, there are […]

After you execute a divorce/marital settlement agreement and time elapses, it may be common for things in your life, and the life of your ex-spouse and children, to change. Often a person’s financial and personal circumstances change. People begin new jobs, they leave old ones, and they may relocate. They may even remarry or start […]

If you are in a relationship that you feel is leading to a separation, you could be overwhelmed by the thought of what this could mean for you, your finances, your living arrangement, and especially your children. Preparing yourself for this situation before it happens is one of the best things you can do. It […]

If you are separated or divorced and have a custody agreement or order with your ex or parent of your child, an unsettling thought may be the idea of relocation. What if your former spouse decides to relocate to another state – or even another country? What would happen with your custody agreement? Would they […]

When your child is getting a divorce and going through a custody battle, you may wonder how it will affect you as the grandparent. You may worry that it could prevent you from seeing your grandchildren, and affect the close bonds you may have established with them. The relationships that children develop with their immediate […]

Filing your taxes can be a complicated task, and for those that have a custody schedule or order for your child, you may have additional questions when it comes to your income tax return.  You may be wondering if you are able to claim your child as a dependent and what factors are considered when […]

Spousal support, alimony pendente lite (support during the pendency of the divorce) and alimony payments are treated as taxable income to the payee and deductible to the payor for tax purposes.  However, child support payments are neither taxable income to the payee, nor tax deductible to the payor.  Court orders that include spousal support or […]

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 […]

In Pennsylvania, child support terminates when a child reaches the age of eighteen (18) and graduates from high school.  In Pennsylvania, a parent does not have to pay college expenses for a child who is over 18 unless this has been agreed upon as part of a divorce case. For a family that separates prior […]

When spouses separate, the support of their children is considered a “priority obligation” under the law; if necessary, parents are expected to adjust their other expenditures in order to meet a child support obligation. As a parent, you will want to ensure that the amount of child support paid meets the needs of your children […]