Filing for Divorce? Get A Handle on Your Finances First
When we think of filing for divorce, often the first thing that comes to mind is the emotional toll of ending a marriage. And divorce is certainly an emotional process. But divorce also has a financial impact on a divorcing couple, and it is best to get a clear picture of your financial situation before […]
At What Age is a Child’s Parental Preference Considered in Custody Cases?
Unlike some states, Pennsylvania law does not designate an age in which a child’s parental preferences will be taken into consideration in custody disputes. This means that a child’s parental preference may be considered by the judge presiding over your case at any age. Officially, children cannot decide which parent they want to live with until […]
Is Your Child Making the Grade?
Do you know what “grades” represent in school? Generally, an “A” is great, and a “D” or “F” is failing. What work or lack of work went into those simple letters? Some schools do not give letter grades. They may provide an “O” for outstanding and “S” for satisfactory. Perhaps, your school gives numbers where […]
My child did not get the educational help they needed. Can I sue for damages?
It depends. According to the new decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, you can file for damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (or other applicable federal law) if the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) does not provide a remedy for your claim. Miguel Luna Perez was a student who […]
Us vs. Them
It’s the day of your IEP meeting. You’ve reviewed the draft IEP that was sent home (if you didn’t get one, we’ll discuss that in another blog). You can tell that your child is not making progress, but you have no idea how to help them. You go to the school and sign in. You […]
The “I” in IEP
Have you ever heard someone from the school say, “for kids like yours, we offer this”? Or have you ever heard “we don’t do that here”? The “I” in IEP stands for individualized. The definition of individualized is something tailored to one person. In this case, the education plan is tailored to your child. This […]
Reasons to consider mediation for your divorce
Going through a divorce is a painful, exhausting process for anyone. Whatever the reason- it takes its toll on the parties divorcing. If they have children, things get more complicated, and the parties must balance many things simultaneously. In addition to the emotional toll that divorce takes on the family, there are the courts. From […]
How to talk to your children about your divorce
Are your kids the most important thing to you? If so, then you’re probably worried about how breaking the news of divorce will affect them. It’s a legitimate concern because children thrive in stable and secure and environments, and a divorce threatens the very foundation of those characteristics. Additionally, many children have misperceptions of their […]
Why a parent might show up late for a custody exchange
Pennsylvania law typically allows parents to have custody or visitation rights to their children after a divorce or breakup. However, it can be challenging to work with your child’s other parent after a romantic relationship comes to an end. For example, your ex may consistently show up late to a custody or visitation exchange. There […]
Advice for co-parenting with a difficult ex
When you share custody of a child after a divorce, you’ll have to maintain some sort of a relationship with your ex-spouse. Some people maintain the bare minimum required for coordinating visits, while others must engage in more involved interaction to co-manage medications, health, and social obligations. While many couples manage to pull it off […]