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Welcome to the blog for the Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC, an information source for Pittsburgh Family Law news, PA and Allegheny County Family Court developments and articles on specific domestic relations law topics including custody and child support updates.

Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC
425 1st Ave - 6th Floor
 Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 303-9566 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Free Summer Camp for Children who've lost a parent - Circle of EKC

 Circle Camps for Grieving Children has announced a new addition to their existing program for girls ages 9 - 14 who have lost a parent. The latest camp is "Circle of EKC", held at Emma Kaufman Camp in Morgantown West Virginia. EKC has been serving the Pittsburgh area for many years. The camp is from August 17, 2014 - August 22, 2014 and is free to campers and includes transportation. For more information visit the Circle Camps website.

Tue, April 8, 2014 | link 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Conscious Uncoupling - Gimmick or Good Idea?

Until recently most people had never heard the term "conscious uncoupling" which describes a particular way of dissolving a marriage. The term was coined by an L.A. based therapist and author several years ago but has now been thrust into the spotlight when used by a celebrity couple to describe their split. The idea and approach might work for some people who are already approaching a divorce on good terms.

The goals of such an amicable split can still be accomplished within the traditional framework of the Pennsylvania Family Court System and are often utilized in uncontested divorce cases with or without custody issues. It can be as simple as finding the right counsel to (1) assist with drafting and reviewing the appropriate settlement agreement; (2) preparing custody documents; and (3) ensuring everything is filed correctly and timely.

That being said, there's nothing this "new" idea brings that has not already been available to families with open minds and forward thinking counsel. However, the popularity of the term and its philosophy may help couples contemplating an amicable spilt.

Bottom line, whatever you call it, divorce doesn't have to be devastating and is often a welcome fresh start for everyone involved, or at least a relatively painless solution for a situation that needed a legal resolution. 

Sun, March 30, 2014 | link 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Allegheny County Family Law - March 2014 Custody Filing Fee Increases

Starting Monday, March 31, 2014 the filing fees for Custody related filings in Allegheny County are being increased. The new increases include fees for: Initial Custody Complaint (Increase from $232.50 to $325); Divorce with Custody Count (Increase from $271 to $363.50); Petition for Custody Modification (Increase from $200 to $250); Custody after Divorce has been filed (Increase from $108.50 to $220.50) and Petition for Reinstatement of Custody Action ($200). 

Tue, March 11, 2014 | link 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Family Division Self-Help Center now open in Pittsburgh

On January 6, 2014, the Allegheny County - Family Division Self-Help Center opened in the Family Law Facility in Downtown Pittsburgh at 440 Ross Street. 

The Self-Help Center is located on the first floor in room 1014 near the sheriff's office and is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The waiting room is furnished with abundant comfortable new seating and a staffed help desk. There are various documents and reference material for your review.

This resource is meant to help families by answering a variety of questions regarding court procedures and providing sample forms. They can also give you information on your case and provide court schedules and information on how to get a case scheduled. Also, this resource is available everyday and is free. 

After more than a week of operation, things are running smoothly and the turnout has been good. I have personally visited this space and am pleased to report that it is very nice looking and staffed by friendly helpful people. I expect this to become a valued resource by the residents of Allegheny county. 

UPDATE: This resource has replaced the former pro se motion assistance program which had been offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

Tue, January 14, 2014 | link 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Allegheny County Support - New Satellite Office - Penn Hills

March 2014, the new Penn Hills satellite office is expected to be open and will handle support conferences and hearings for persons residing in the East Suburbs. The office will be located near Frankstown Avenue and Rodi Road.

This office will be the second satellite office of the Allegheny County Family Division, joining the South Hills office which has been open for almost two years. The intention is to make filing for support and attending conferences/hearings more accessible to litigants by offering suburban offices. 

The South Hills office handles support cases for residents of the southern suburbs including: Mt. Lebanon, Upper Saint Clair, Bethel Park and Castle Shannon. The South Hills office is located at 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulvard - Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.

Sat, January 11, 2014 | link 

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