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Can You Use Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Law?

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Domestic violence is a sad reality in the state and the nation. Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s legislature has taken the problem seriously, and the state’s Protection from Abuse Law (PFA) can provide a critical source of protection for those in Pennsylvania. In this post, our Media family attorney reviews what you need to know. It might… Read More »

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Can the State Deduct Child Support from My Unemployment Compensation?

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

The Pennsylvania economy continues to be hammered by the recent economic downturn. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s current unemployment rate is 6.6%. This might understate the problem, since certain people are not counted (such as those who have given up looking for work). Fortunately, Congress has passed two stimulus bills… Read More »

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Paternity Cases in Pennsylvania

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

When a child is born, there is no doubt as to who the mother is. However, things are different for fathers. In many cases, there is a dispute about paternity, and either a man or woman must use the legal process to establish parental rights and responsibilities. At Barbara Flum Stein & Associates, we… Read More »

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Strategies for Blocking Parental Relocation

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Under Pennsylvania law, a custodial parent who wishes to locate must provide written notice to all others who have partial custody rights. Typically, this plays out when a couple divorces and the parent with primary physical custody wants to move the children far away, often out of state. Fortunately, parents with partial physical custody… Read More »

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Reasons for Grandparent Estrangement

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

In the ideal world, grandparents would have close and continuing contact with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many grandparents. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons why a parent will cut off contact, whereas other disputes can be resolved if both sides are committed. Under Pennsylvania law, grandparents have a right to… Read More »

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Coparenting Through Religious Differences

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

The number of interfaith marriages continues to rise. According to Pew Research, almost 40% of marriages between 2010 and 2014 were interfaith, a dramatic increase from decades prior. At the same time, many Americans no longer profess any religious faith though they might marry someone who is devout. Given these circumstances, it is not… Read More »

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A Child’s Cancer Diagnosis Does Not Increase Risk of Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Many people assume that having a sick child increases the risk of parents going through divorce. The theory seems to be that the added stress of the illness eventually breaks down the marital bond, possibly at least for those couples who were struggling in their relationship before their child’s diagnosis. An interesting study out… Read More »

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Key Considerations when One Spouse Already Has Children

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Increasingly, people are forming blended families, where at least one partner already has children. If this describes your situation, then there are several considerations you must keep in mind before heading down the aisle to say “I do.” At our law firm, we do more than represent men and women in divorce and separation… Read More »

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Alcoholism and Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

The statistics regarding alcoholism are startling. According to the National Institute of Health, almost 6% of all adults had alcohol use disorder, which worked out to roughly 9.2 million men and 5.3 million women.  In other words, almost 15 million adults in this country are struggling with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism claims many lives, but… Read More »

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What Is an Annulment? Should You Seek One?

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Like divorce, an annulment legally ends a marriage. However, an annulment actually renders the marriage invalid or void, depending on the circumstances. There are many reasons why some couples prefer to seek an annulment. You should consult a Media family attorney to review whether an annulment is right for you. Grounds for an Annulment… Read More »

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