The waiting period to move forward with a unilateral no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania when one party does not consent to the divorce has been reduced from two years to one year. This new law went into effect December 3, 2016. Act 102, signed into law by Governor Wolf on October 4, 2016, amends 23 Pa.C.S. § 3301(d), which previously required the parties to live separate and apart for two years before moving forward with a divorce when one spouse does not consent. Now, parties will only need to live separate and apart for one year to obtain a divorce under 3301(d). When both parties consent to a divorce, they may still obtain a divorce on no-fault grounds under 23 Pa. C.S. 3301(c), which requires only a 90 day waiting period.
By: Lindsay Hanifan Childs, Esquire *As published in Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 38, Issue No. 2. at page 97. There had been signs that a statewide change would be coming to Pennsylvania regarding laws on marijuana use and possession. In addition to increased lobbying and public support for the legalization of marijuana, local governments had been laying the groundwork for such legislation. On October 1, 2014, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana was decriminalized in Philadelphia by ordinance signed by Mayor Michael Nutter. That ordinance replaced criminal penalties with a civil fine of $25 for such possession. Next, on December 22, 2015, Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto, signed a law that reduced the penalties for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. That law provides for a civil fine of up to $100, instead of a misdemeanor criminal charge.
Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC, a Wayne Family Law Firm, Discusses School Choices for Divorced or Separated Parents
Most divorced or separated parents share legal custody of their children. This means even if the parties do not share physical custody on an equal basis, they must agree upon medical, educational and religious decisions regarding their children. The choice of which school a child will attend is a legal custody decision. If you and your co-parent cannot agree where your child should attend school, Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC, a Wayne family law firm, can review your options with you.
Written by Lydia S. Terrill The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that a stepfather was obligated to pay child support when he took affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent, which included seeking to prevent the biological mother from relocating to California with the children.
Wayne Family Attorney Spring is the time to begin discussing summer custody with your co-parent and possibly your family attorney in Wayne. Many issues can arise with regard to summer custody, including alternate custody schedules, camps, child care, and vacation plans. If you are unable to resolve these issues through discussion with your co-parent, you should allow enough time to file a Custody Modification Petition, so that your concerns can be addressed by the Court prior to the start of summer. Often it takes six weeks after you file a Petition to Modify Custody for your first appearance in front of the Custody Conciliator to be scheduled. In many counties the Custody Conciliator does not have the authority to enter an Order concerning these issues if no agreement is reached, and a second appearance in front of a Judge will become necessary.