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  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: March 28, 2016

SEASONED PA FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY DISCUSSES THE IMPACT OF PARENTAL ALIENATION ON CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTES Few would disagree that one of the most challenging and emotionally difficult situations that can arise during a divorce is a high conflict child custody dispute. Although the most effective approach for parents in a divorce involving children is to constructively work out a mutually acceptable parenting plan, sometimes the other parent refuses to cooperate or uses tactics that make the process exceedingly difficult to complete. While it can certainly be challenging to maintain civility with an angry and resentful…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

Filing for divorce signals a significant transition in your life. In many cases, couples opt for a trial separation before filing for divorce. Separation gives you the opportunity to reflect on your marriage, your motivations for seeking a divorce, and the possibility of reconciliation. During your separation, you may wish to consult a divorce lawyer to learn more about the process and what you can expect, in the event that your separation does not lead to reconciliation. Evaluate Your Motivations Separation is a good option for those who aren’t quite sure exactly why they’re considering…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

Sometimes the signs of an abusive relationship are obvious, while in other circumstances it can be difficult to determine if the relationship is abusive. An abusive relationship often begins with verbal abuse. The individual may threaten your family, tell you that you’re ugly, tell you that you’re not good enough, or make fun of you. Sometimes, verbally abusive relationships lead to physical abuse. You can learn more about the signs of an abusive relationship by watching this interview with a courageous survivor of abuse. She explains that if you feel hated, rather than loved, the…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

Many individuals in an abusive situation at home feel as though they are trapped. It’s important to realize that you do have legal rights and options available to you. Pennsylvania residents can take advantage of the expertise of Larry Lefkowitz, a family lawyer. When you consult Mr. Lefkowitz, you’ll learn whether you qualify for protection under The Protection from Abuse Act—a state law. You do not necessarily need to have been physically or sexually abused in order to seek protection under this law. If you are in fear of serious physical abuse or if you…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

Mediation is often an effective method of settling disputes in an informal manner. It may be able to help resolve neighborhood disputes, such as those that involve common driveways, pets, property lines, noise and other nuisance complaints, and even minor assault cases. If mediation is successful, you and the other party can avoid going to court to achieve a resolution of the problem. During mediation, you and the other party will sit down with a mediator. The mediator is an impartial third party who does not have the power to impose his or her own…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

There is no cut-and-dry formula for determining when a marriage is over and divorce is imminent; every couple is different and has unique problems. Perhaps even more importantly, every couple has unique responses to problems. What may be considered a deal-breaker for one couple may be considered fixable by another. However, for many couples, the following problems are indicators that a consultation with a divorce lawyer is forthcoming. Infidelity Infidelity is among the most common reasons to get a divorce. When one spouse cheats, it robs the marriage of trust. Unfortunately, infidelity is all too…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

When it’s time to hire a divorce attorney, it’s likely that you’re going through one of the most difficult experiences of your life. Divorce is a complex legal issue, yet it’s also a difficult psychological challenge. It’s important to hire a divorce attorney who can guide you through this time. Your divorce attorney should have extensive experience and knowledge—not only of divorce itself, but also of the many ancillary issues that relate to it. He or she should keep you fully informed throughout the process and use honest billing practices. Extensive Experience Before hiring a…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

Each state, including Pennsylvania, has its own guidelines for resolving matters with regard to child custody, child support, and similar issues related to family law. It’s a good idea to consult a family lawyer as soon as possible after determining that divorce or separation is imminent. Your family lawyer can help you learn about the process of filing for child custody and child support, in addition to the laws that are applicable specifically to Pennsylvania residents. Understanding Child Custody Either parent can file a petition to obtain child custody; sometimes, grandparents may also be eligible…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

As difficult as divorce may be for you and your spouse, it’s even harder on your kids. Your kids may not understand why you are consulting a divorce lawyer or why the family is splitting up into two residences. They’ll need to adapt to significant transitions in the coming months. When broaching the subject with your children, it’s important to repeatedly remind them that you and your spouse still love them and that the divorce is not their fault. Anticipate the Kids’ Questions Before telling your children that you and your spouse are getting divorced,…Read More

  • By: Larry Lefkowitz
  • Published: December 11, 2014

There are two ways in which parental rights of the biological parent may be terminated for an adoption. If the parent voluntarily gives up parental rights, he or she signs a consent form. Otherwise, a Petition for Involuntary Termination will be filed in the Court of Common Pleas in the county of residence for the child. According to Pennsylvania law, a parent may have his or her parental rights involuntarily terminated if he or she has refused parental duties for at least six months. They may also be terminated if his or her conduct demonstrates…Read More

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