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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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pennsylvania Divorce Waiting Period on Track to be Reduced (to ONE YEAR)

For years, couples in Pennsylvania seeking a "no-fault" divorce have had to deal with a 2-year waiting period from the date of separation if one party would not provide their consent. However, after years of attempts to address this issue, HB 380 was passed in November of 2015 by the PA House of Representatives and has moved on to the PA Senate. This Bill would reduce the waiting period from two years to ONE YEAR.

According to a local Judge, this Bill should be heard by the full Senate sometime in April or May of 2016, and is likely to be passed. If this happens, the Bill would need to be signed by the Governor before it would become law, and thereby Amending the applicable portion of Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Reducing the waiting period for a "no-fault" divorce would put Pennsylvania in line with the surrounding States, which all currently have shorter waiting periods.

More importantly, it would allow economic issues to be resolved faster and should also be better for couples with children who would have to endure shorter periods of uncertainty resulting from protracted litigation over: financial considerations; property division and support issues. This is by no means a solution to the pain that can accompany a divorce, but it would be a big step and welcome change to the existing law.

In the meantime and even after any change, divorcing couples always have the option of choosing to move their matter forward expeditiously by consent through traditional negotiation, settlement and litigation, or via Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options such as Mediation or Collaborative Law.

Sun, March 20, 2016 | link 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Collaborative Law & Mediation Practice - More Options for Pittsburgh Divorce and Family Law

Mr. Levine is proud to announce that he has completed the Civil Collaborative Law training and will be able to integrate Collaborative Law into his practice. This addition will provide prospective clients with an alternative to traditional litigation.

He will also be incorporating his Mediation Training and to the Firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offerings in order to provide families across Southwestern Pennsylvania with more options for resolving their family law matters.

Sat, March 19, 2016 | link 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Latest honors for Attorney Levine for first quarter of 2016

Mr. Levine was honored by another organization, this time, the Global Who's Who in their Top Lawyer category "In recognition of  hard work, dedication and contributions to the legal profession."

For the second consecutive year Mr. Levine was selected by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys to their 10 Best Under 40 for 2016 for the State of Pennsylvania.

Wed, March 9, 2016 | link 

Friday, January 1, 2016

The American Society of Legal Advocates Names Scott L. Levine as a Top 40 Under 40 for 2016

The Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC is proud to announce that Attorney Levine has been selected to the 2016 American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Pennsylvania. This marks the third year for which Mr. Levine received this honor.

Fri, January 1, 2016 | link 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - Keeps Affordable Coverage in PA for Divorces
 
The United States Supreme Court ruled today against a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. With this ruling, Pennsylvania will continue to have Federal Subsidies which makes obtaining coverage for a dependant spouse following a divorce easier and more affordable than prior to the law. Another important aspect of this ruling is that it continues the practice of providing coverage for persons with pre-existing conditions which can often be an issue in a divorce action. 
Thu, June 25, 2015 | link 

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