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Premarital Purchase of Real Estate – Pitfalls and Solutions

Thinking about purchasing a house with your significant other? If you are not married, you should consult with an attorney before making that commitment. Many people assume that if they purchase a home with their boyfriend or girlfriend, and the relationship later breaks down, the law will protect any financial interest that they have in the home. But whether or not the couple ends up getting married before the relationship ultimately ends, the legal outcome after a premarital purchase of real estate may not match up with their expectations about how the equity in the home will end up being divided.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Pennsylvanians seeking a quick resolution of their divorce or family law matter should consider alternative dispute resolution processes. Due to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Courts were closed for all but emergent matters from mid-March until the beginning of June. Therefore, the Courts are facing a backlog of cases making those parties who are looking for a timely resolution of their divorce, custody or support matters ideal candidates for alternative dispute resolution processes. The attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman, LLC are trained in various alternative dispute resolution practices which include mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law. All of these practices can be implemented electronically via video conference (Zoom), or telephone. After reviewing your situation with you, the attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman, LLC can discuss which process will be the most effective in resolving your matter.

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COVID-19 Family Law and Custody Questions

At Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman, we know that these are uncertain and unprecedented times in the world. With children at home, custody exchanges, uncertainty over income, and trying to work from home and manage your household, as well as your ex-partner, this can all be overwhelming. We are here for you if you need our guidance or support during these difficult times.

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A Main Line Family Law Attorney Advises: How do you File your Taxes when your Divorce is Pending?

As Main Line family law attorneys, we know that when a divorce is pending, clients are often confused as to whether they are considered “married” or “divorced” for tax filing purposes. Since there is no “legal separation” document that is filed in Pennsylvania, you are not considered divorced in Pennsylvania until a divorce decree is issued by the Court. Thus, even if you are separated, you are still considered “married” for tax filing, and other, purposes.

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Can a Grandparent File for Custody of a Grandchild?

We often hear the question, “Can a grandparent file for custody of a grandchild?” It may seem obvious that parents can file to obtain custody of their child or children. But the question often arises about who else is permitted to do so. On one end of the spectrum is a random stranger, who cannot even file a complaint or petition with the court asking for custody of a child. On the other end of the spectrum is a person who stands in loco parentis to the child, which means that he or she has essentially acted as the child’s parent in all regards, taking on full parenting responsibilities with the consent of the actual parents, and who is permitted to file for custody of the child. But there is a gray area in between, which is where many grandparents today stand.

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