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August 2014 Archives

Same-sex couples face child-custody challenges

When same-sex couples with children separate in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, they may face obstacles to establishing child support, visitation and custody. Many LGBT couples have their children through assisted fertilization or adoption; the result is that one or both parents might not be biological parents of the children. When a domestic partnership ends, the non-biological parent will be at a disadvantage.

Court bias, homeschooling and child custody

Pennsylvania couples who are going through divorce and dealing with child custody battles may be familiar with the policy of most family courts to rule in the best interests of the child. While this may be a reasonable standard in principle, the courts are not immune to judicial bias.

Billionaire couple may have largest ever divorce settlement

Pennsylvania high-profile couples might take an interest in a recent report about oil firm billionaire Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann. According to court documents, the couple met in an Oklahoma City court the week of August 4, and a New York lawyer said they might have the most expensive divorce in history.

Same-sex marriage now recognized in Pennsylvania

In May 2014, Pennsylvania joined several neighboring states in recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry in its jurisdiction. One day after a judge struck down the state's Defense of Marriage Act, the governor announced that he would not appeal the judge's ruling. Couples who had previously entered into civil unions or domestic partnerships may now apply for marriage licenses. If a couple was married in another state that allows same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania will now recognize that marriage within its own borders.

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