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Pennsylvania Joins Other States In Recognizing The Presumption of Paternity In Same-Sex Marriages

Posted January 16, 2020

By Lance J. Nelson, Esq. In a recent court decision, Pennsylvania joined many other states in recognizing the presumption of paternity in a same-sex marriage situation. The presumption of paternity presumes, that if a woman gives birth during her marriage, her spouse is the other parent of the child. Historically, this presumption has been one […]

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Child Support in High-Income Cases

Posted January 15, 2020

By Adesewa K. Egunsola, Esq. For high-income child support cases, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that courts are permitted to perform additional scrutiny of the reasonable needs of the actual children involved in the case. High-income child support cases are classified as cases where the parties have a combined monthly net income (CMNI) above […]

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Who’s Your Daddy? In Pennsylvania It Might Not Matter

Posted October 25, 2019

By Lance J. Nelson, Esquire One of the most joyous times in a person’s life is often when their child is born. But, within a marriage, what happens if the husband is not actually the biological father of the child? In Pennsylvania, the law of presumptive paternity is applied. Under the law of presumptive paternity […]

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Subject Matter Jurisdiction: What is it and Why is it Relevant in a Divorce Case?

Posted August 5, 2019

By Patrick J. Boyer, Esquire- Subject matter jurisdiction refers to a Court’s authority to hear a particular case. It can be raised as a defense by any party at any time. In divorce cases, a party must typically be a bona fide resident of the state for six months or more preceding the filing of […]

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Patrick J. Boyer to Present CLE for the Delaware State Bar Association

Posted June 14, 2019

On Friday, June 14, 2019, MacElree Harvey family law attorney, Patrick J. Boyer will participate as a panelist at the Delaware State Bar Association‘s Bench and Bar Conference. The CLE Breakout Session: “Exploring the Curiouser and Curiouser World of Family Court: A Hands-On Effective Guide to Some of the Most Difficult Adventures in Law”, will […]

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Lance Nelson to Present CLE for the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Posted May 10, 2019

Family Law Attorney, Lance J. Nelson will be one of the faculty members for the June 11th Pennsylvania Bar Association CLE: “Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania”. Faculty members will discuss the complex fact patterns which arise in numerous cases, the difficulty of how to present the facts positively or how to defend the facts vigorously. Participants […]

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No PreNup? No Worries!

Posted March 26, 2019

By Ashley B. Stitzer, Esquire- Postnups are another option Were you considering a prenuptial agreement but were too busy finding the perfect dress, ordering the food and flowers, and planning your perfect day to find the time? No worries! A postnuptial agreement is an option for those who didn’t have time to do a prenup […]

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MacElree Harvey Announces Newest Shareholder: Marie I. Crossley

Posted February 4, 2019

February 2019 – MacElree Harvey is pleased to announce that Marie I. Crossley has become a shareholder in the Firm. “Marie is a knowledgeable and excellent family law attorney who leads the Firm’s Delaware office. As the chair of the Family Law Department, I am happy that Marie’s talents have led to her becoming a shareholder […]

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Does the elimination of the alimony deduction affect my Pennsylvania support payments?

Posted January 15, 2019

By Lance J. Nelson, Esquire- The short answer to your question is Yes. The Pennsylvania support guidelines that were issued in the 1980s assumed that all spousal support payments were deductible by the Payor and includable as income by the Recipient.  To address the Tax Reform Act that was passed by Congress in December of […]

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What do you mean my Alimony is not deductible?

Posted December 31, 2018

By Lance J. Nelson, Esquire-  The deduction that allows Payors of Alimony (and Spousal Support in Pennsylvania) to deduct those payments on their Federal Tax returns has been around for generations.  Crafty Family Law attorneys used this deduction to help resolve divorce and support cases for decades.  Basically, if the Payor was in the 38% […]

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