Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Family Division Self-Help Center now open in Pittsburgh
Tue, January 14, 2014 | link
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.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Allegheny County Support - New Satellite Office
Sat, January 11, 2014 | link
By April 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
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.
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
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Allegheny County Family Division Fee Increases Effective January 2, 2014
Sat, December 21, 2013 | link
On January 2, 2014 the filing fees for the Allegheny County Court of Common pleas -Civil and Family Divisions will
increase as a result of an Administrative Order.
For the Family Division the most significant change involves custody. New custody filings will increase
from $159.00 to $232.00.
This new fee which is payable to the Department of Court
Records replaces the old requirement of separate payment to the Allegheny County Treasurer for “generations” education
and mediation fees.
to January 2, 2014, a petitioner in any new custody action had to pay $50 for the generations education and $100 for the generations
mediation. The Respondent then also had to pay their education and mediation fees. However, now only the petitioner
is required to pay fees at the time of filing; no fees are required from the respondent. The net result will actually
be lower net filing fees for new custody actions.
Other fee increases include raising the fee for Modification of Custody from $150 to $200. The fee for filing
a Complaint in Divorce has been increased from $161.50 to $174.00. Including a count for custody with a divorce complaint
has increased from $7.50 to $68.50. Finally, a Defendant’s first filing fee has increased from $30 to $35. Fees
for Protection from Abuse and Paternity Testing have also increased nominally. Overall
the increases for all civil filings are generally not more than about $10-15 per filing with the exception of certain fees
including several custody filings.
Friday, December 20, 2013
The American Society of Legal Advocates Names Scott L. Levine as a Top 40 Under 40 for 2014
Fri, December 20, 2013 | link
Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC is proud to announce that Attorney Levine has been selected to the 2014 American Society
of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Pennsylvania.
About the ASLA Selection Process
ASLA’s exclusive membership comprises less than 1.5% of all
licensed lawyers nationwide. ASLA is both highly selective in extending invitations and in determining which specialties to
include for a given state. Because many specialties typically include listings for Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under
40, in order to remain selective we ensure that each specialty in a state has a sufficient number of practicing lawyers to
merit inclusion. Those states with relatively low populations of practicing lawyers often will support only one or two specialties.
ASLA monitors practice trends from year to year prior to extending invitations in each state.
ASLA’s entire selection process is conducted manually
by lawyers. Prospective members initially are evaluated based on publicly-available information, although member nominations
also are accepted from current members, other lawyers, and past clients. Self-nominations and nominations from public relations
firms or advertising agencies are not accepted.
The selection process consists of a rigorous, manual, multi-stage review:
ASLA’s lawyers comprehensively review available
information for each candidate, including a review of firm websites, client assessments, and publicly-available filings, which
may include: verdicts, settlement information, and information regarding transactions. Each candidate is assessed based on
such criteria as educational accomplishments, involvement and leadership in bar associations and professional organizations,
activities within their community, and demonstrated legal achievement. In the case of younger lawyers, ASLA also evaluates
indications of developing success, both in a candidate’s day-to-day practice and in serving the profession.
Each area of assessment
is considered, and each candidate is assessed on his or her own merits. Just as the student body of an elite university is
comprised of individuals with many different backgrounds and strengths, ASLA likewise strives to invite a range of members
who have stellar legal credentials as a baseline, but also a range of interests and activities.
After the initial list of nominees is prepared,
at least one separate lawyer reviews all compiled data and confirms nominations. To ensure the integrity of the process, no
lawyer who participated in the first phase of selection is permitted to conduct the second phase.
In the final stage, the list of finalists is again reviewed and candidates
either are confirmed for invitation or placed on a holding list for reconsideration the following year.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Allegheny County New Custody Forms
Thu, November 21, 2013 | link
Beginning in October 2013, the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas began utilizing a series of
updated and new forms. Changes were made to Complaints for Custody and Modification Petitions which now contain specific language
which address reclocation and grandparent custody.
With the new forms, grandparents with standing may file for custody
without first presenting a motion, thus streamling the process.
Also under the changes a Respondent to any custody
action is required to file a form within 30 days regarding criminal history. This form is also required of all Petitioners
filing new custody actions or seeking modification of an existing order.
The new form is called Criminal Record/Abuse
History Verification and replaces the previoulsy used Affidavit of Household. It requires more detailed information regarding
criminal histories including sentences for crimes not required by the older form.
To more fully review the
changes feel free to call our Pittsburgh custody attorneys for more information. We can be reached at 412.303.9566.