Monday, October 10, 2016
Waiting Period for Contested Divorces in PA reduced to ONE YEAR effective December 4, 2016
Mon, October 10, 2016 | link
On October 3, 2016, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 380, which
reduces the waiting-period for no-fault, contested divorce cases in Pennsylvania to ONE-YEAR.
The change will become effective 60 days
after it was signed, so all cases filed on or after December 4, 2016 will be subject to the new law.
All cases filed prior to this time will
be subject to the prior waiting period of two-years.
This change should be carefully considered by those persons contemplating filing a
Divorce Complaint in any county in Pennsylvania in the next month or two since the timing of the filing could greatly affect
certain aspects of the case, most notably the duration of the receipt of, or obligation to pay spousal support or APL.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
PA Divorce Law Update - Waiting Period for Contested Divorces
HB 380 was signed by the PA House and Senate on September 27, 2016 and was sent to the Governor for his signature, which is
expected soon. This will change the Waiting Period for Contested Divorce Cases in Pennsylvania from two-years to ONE YEAR.
The new law will apply only to new cases and will not be retroactive. Once signed, it is expected to be effective in 60 days.
Wed, September 28, 2016 | link
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
PA Supreme Court issues decision on Grandparent Custody Case
Wed, September 14, 2016 | link
On September 9, 2016 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an opinion in D.P. and B.P. v.
G.J.P and A.P., which greatly impacts grandparent standing in Custody matters in Pennsylvania. This decision was limited
in that the Court addressed only the specific issues in the case before it, but included an analysis of prior cases decided
by the Court and a review of the law as currently written. The decision represents a big change for the rights of unmarried
parents, and could result in future changes to the Statute by the legislature.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pennsylvania Divorce Waiting Period on Track to be Reduced (to ONE YEAR)
Sun, March 20, 2016 | link
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
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Collaborative Law & Mediation Practice - More Options for Pittsburgh Divorce and Family Law
Sat, March 19, 2016 | link
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.