Family Law

Divorce Code Amended to Reduce Separation Period

December 9, 2016
Posted in Family Law

Effective as of December 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Divorce Code has been amended to substantially reduce the period of time that spouses have to be living separate and apart before one spouse can attempt to obtain a divorce decree without the consent of the other spouse. That waiting period has now been reduced from two […]

“Common Law” Marriage Equality for Same Sex Couples

April 27, 2016
Posted in Family Law

Under Pennsylvania law, there is no inheritance tax due on transfers of property to a surviving spouse.  Yet, prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania in 2014, surviving partners of same-sex relationships were treated as “legal strangers” and required to pay a fifteen percent (15%) tax on inheritances received from their partners.  While […]

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