You Just Never Know…

By:  Lawrence J. Persick, Esquire Every so often, I meet people who feel financially and emotionally trapped by a former girlfriend or boyfriend.  They have a child by this person, and the other person has no interest whatsoever in the child.  Sometimes the client is or was married to the person, but most of the time, the two parents were never married.  Sometimes the child was conceived as a result of the classic one-night stand.  Most of...

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

By: Lawrence J. “Skip” Persick With all due respect to Yogi Berra, I write this as a follow up to an earlier blog on updating beneficiary designations after you are divorced.  I encourage you to read that blog as well; the title is “Looking for Something to do Today?” My family law colleagues at Weber Gallagher and I have become involved in a legal services website called Avvo. One of Avvo’s features is a question...

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Let’s Talk Family Law: Let’s Talk Family Law Taxes

Join Weber Gallagher Partner, Carolyn Mirabile, and guest, Donna Pironti, a forensic accountant specializing in matrimonial litigation support and tax consulting, for our next episode of Let’s Talk Family Law. Carolyn and Donna discuss essential details about finances you need to review when going through a divorce. You can tune in to the podcast on your favorite podcast app (Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, etc.), or by...

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New PA Law Sets Minimum Age for Marriage

New PA Law Sets Minimum Age for Marriage

By:  Lawrence J. Persick, Esquire On May 8, 2020, Governor Wolf signed into law HB 360, which sets Pennsylvania’s minimum age for marriage at 18.  In so doing, Pennsylvania joins just two other states, Delaware and New Jersey, in adopting a hard limit of 18 years of age; by hard limit, I mean no exceptions.  Like many other states, under prior Pennsylvania law, a child between 16 and 18 could marry with parental consent, and a child under...

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Common Law Marriage: Every time I think it’s gone, it keeps coming back!

Common Law Marriage: Every time I think it’s gone, it keeps coming back!

By: Lawrence J. Persick, Esquire In my thirty years of practicing family law, no concept has caused more confusion than common law marriage. For those of you who thought the Pennsylvania Legislature abolished common law marriage by a statute years ago, you are mostly correct. In 2004 when the appropriate statute was enacted, it abolished common law marriages entered into after January 1, 2005.  That means, however, that if two parties entered...

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Family Law and COVID-19 Update

Weber Gallagher’s Family Law Group has up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on family law cases in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Below is essential content regarding how COVID-19 could impact your case and what you need to know as the Courts and counties begin to open.   Our Family Law attorneys remain available for consults and review via telephone or Zoom. Should you have a question...

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