Thursday, September 25, 2014
Allegheny County Custody Update - Generations Education
Thu, September 25, 2014 | link
Allegheny County custody cases require the parties attendance at a "Generations" Education at the outset of a
new case. For many years, the Education Seminars were conducted at the Wightman School Building located in Squirrel Hill. Recently however, new custody filings have been assigned Education dates at a new location.
Now new custody filings in Pittsburgh are being scheduled for Education classes on the Second Floor
of the Family Court facility located at 440 Ross Street. This change centralizes the location for all local custody matters,
provides better access via public transportation and interstates, and provides a secure facility staffed by the local sheriff
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Allegheny County Family Law Filing Fee Increase - August 2014
Tue, August 5, 2014 | link
The Allegheny County - Department of Court Records has just announced New Filing Fee Increases for Civil Division and Family
The changes which will take effect on August 8, 2014 are in response to Acts 113
and 126 of 2014 passed by the PA Legislature and signed by the Governor.
The notable fee increases for Family
filings include the following:
Divorce Complaint: $186 (up from $174);
"count" within a divorce complaint: $40.50 (up from $28.50);
Count for Custody
included in a Divorce Complaint: $161.00.
Custody Complaint (if no other
fees have been paid): $337.00 (up from $325.00);
Custody Complaint filed after a Divorce
filing: $232.50 (up from $220.50).
Saturday, July 26, 2014
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Names Scott L. Levine "Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40"
Sat, July 26, 2014 | link
The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top family law attorneys
in the nation. Through a stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the best family law attorneys in each state with its
most prestigious honor of being named "TOP 10.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Free Summer Camp for Children who've lost a parent - Circle of EKC
Tue, April 8, 2014 | link
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.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Conscious Uncoupling - Gimmick or Good Idea?
Sun, March 30, 2014 | link
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.
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.