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.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Allegheny County Family Law - March 2014 Custody Filing Fee Increases
Tue, March 11, 2014 | link
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).
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.
This resource has replaced the former pro se motion assistance program which had been offered on Tuesday and Thursday
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Allegheny County Support - New Satellite Office - Penn Hills
Sat, January 11, 2014 | link
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
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