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Archive for June, 2017

Main Line Family Law Attorney Discusses: How Long does a Child Support Obligation Last?

  In Pennsylvania, parents have a duty to financially support their children until they become emancipated.  Emancipation occurs when the child turns 18 years old and graduates from high school, whichever occurs last.  This means that when parents are going through a divorce and one parent has a child support obligation to the other, that obligation can continue long past the finalization of the divorce. But once a child is close to the age of emancipation, the court will send the custodial parent an “emancipation inquiry,” asking for confirmation of when the child will be graduating from high school and turning 18 years old.  Depending on which county your case is taking place in, after they receive confirmation of the emancipation the court might automatically terminate the child support order if there was only one child on the order. If there are other children that remain on the order, the court might[...]

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Main Line Family Lawyer Kate Vetrano of Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC Recently Spoke About Premarital Agreements

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – June 16, 2017 – Main Line family lawyer Kathleen B. Vetrano, Esq. of Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman in King of Prussia, served as a course planner and speaker for the PA Bar Institute (PBI) on Premarital Agreements on June 6, 2017 at the PBI CLE Conference Center of the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Vetrano’s program offered essential information for family lawyers and estate practitioner participants. An attorney’s obligation includes describing a premarital agreement to those considering a union and outlining what the law provides in the absence of that type of agreement when considering ending a union. These agreements are useful for both marriage or co-habitation and is recommended for many types of clients. The course presented on June 6 provided participants tips on how to advise and work with clients. The attendees also learned techniques for drafting to ensure the agreement is enforceable as well as[...]

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Family Law Attorney Explains how New Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines Effective May 1, 2017 Result in Modest Increase in Child Support Orders

Effective May 1, 2017 there was a modification to the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines that provides parents who are receiving child support a slight increase in their child support payment. The Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines “Guidelines” originally went into effect in 1989, and have been updated periodically since their inception, generally every four years. The Guidelines are based upon an income share model which determines what an intact family which has the same combined monthly income spends on their child(ren), based upon statistical data, and apportions that amount between the parents, so that the child(ren) receive the same amount of support from their parents. In order to obtain the increase in child support, the parent who receives child support should request a modification of the Child Support Order with the assistance of a family law attorney. Either parent can request a modification of their Child Support Order, upon a material and[...]

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