Blog – Pennsylvania Family Law

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Mark contributes to the Pennsylvania Family Law Blog, which provides readers with information on and insight into Pennsylvania Family Law issues, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite and custody.

Recent Blog Posts

  • CAR$ENSE – HOW MUCH SHOULD A CAR COST? Readers of this blog understand that, in the end, divorce is a financial transaction.  It is a process imbued with enormous emotional consequence.  People marry and have children hoping and often expecting the best.  We know it does not always turn out that way, and along the way, people turn to lawyers to develop a financial plan for the hereafter. In an effort to keeps things “objective,” I have searched for tools to help evaluate complex financial decisions in a post... More
  • LIFE IN THE WORLD OF FAFSA: Advice on the College Loan Application Process for Parents in Divorce. In the divorce business, there are few alleys as dark as of the college financial aid.  We are commonly asked how separation and divorce may affect eligibility for student aid and loans.  The October 21, 2019 Wall Street Journal sheds some light on this murky subject and is worth a full read.  But, the main points we derived from it can be summarized. For FAFSA purposes, a parent is a biological or adoptive parent including same sex couples who have adopted. ... More
  • DIVORCE AND COLLEGE: Can They Be Reconciled? Whenever I start these kinds of articles, I stop to ask, “Is this subject really relevant to the process of divorce?”   Separation and divorce are realities of modern day life.  Education of the children who come into this world through marriage is not just a major expense.  For any caring parent, it is also a major responsibility. Unfortunately higher education is also an increasingly troublesome responsibility.  I graduated from George Washington University in 1977.  My expenses were roughly $5,000 a year,... More
  • In Divorce: What’s A Reasonable Return on Invested Cash? This debate is as old as “guns vs. butter” but it has intensified in the past decade as interest yields have collapsed.  As we “head to the Fed” meeting next month a 10 year treasury note gets you 2.06% and we are told that a rate cut is on the way.  There was a time when you could buy a stock like GE and get a good yield plus some hope for appreciation.  That time ended two years ago. This trend... More
  • Northwestern Mutual: THE 10 YEAR VIEW OF AMERICA Hopefully, or perhaps, despondently, all of us recall early 2009.  The stock market crash of 2008 hit bottom in early 2009, and, thankfully, we began to emerge from the greatest financial crisis of our lifetimes.  In 2009, the broad S&P 500 Index was working its way back to 1,000; a low it had not seen since 2003.  Today it closed at 3,000 which means that if you had $1 invested, then it today is worth $3, a triple in baseball... More
  • SUMMER FUN BECOMES SUMMER ANGUISH The photo of 25-year-old Albert Almora a few days ago tells the story best. The 25-year-old Chicago Cubs outfielder has his head in his hands as he copes with the fact that his line drive foul ball struck and fractured the skull of a two-year-old in Houston. It could scarcely be more personal for Almora, who is himself the father of a two-year-old child. Today, another story of summer fun gone awry. A 14 year old from Raleigh North Carolina was... More
  • PENSION JUSTICE DONE; BUT ALONG A ROCKY ROAD On April 30, 2019, the Superior Court published a panel decision related to a retirement benefit divided in divorce.  This wasn’t just any pension, but one established for a Pennsylvania municipality.  As this author learned in organizing a recent seminar for the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, municipal pensions are a very special and unwieldy animal.  The decision in Conway v. Conway v. City of Erie Police Relief & Pension Association demonstrates why. The facts are easy.  The Conway’s... More
  • SKOOL DAZE; STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS AND THE LIMITS OF HIGHER EDUCATION CONTRIBUTIONS. Beth Anne and Mark Weber were married and produced two children, one in 1984 and another in 1994.  In their 1999 divorce, they formed a Property Settlement Agreement containing provisions that they would share equally the costs of “an appropriate undergraduate college or other post-secondary education for the children.” In 2007, Beth Anne filed to enforce the Agreement stating that Mark had not paid his share of their son’s tuition at Florida State University.  The son also intervened claiming status as... More
  • FINANCIAL INFIDELITY: Don’t Let Your Spouse Make You A Victim. As part of National Public Radio’s morning edition report for April 29, 2019, business correspondent Yuki Noguchi reported on a phenomenon we have witnessed, financial infidelity.  Ours is an age where credit is available everywhere 24/7.  Want to buy a power washer at 3 a.m.? Your friends at Amazon are not only prepared to take the order, they are also happy to discount the product if you will take a Chase Amazon Prime card as part of the transaction. If... More
  • Do Friends & Family Have a Role to Play When Interviewing an Attorney? To answer a question with a question: “Isn’t the sensible answer ‘No’?” After all, people contemplating divorce are not children. This is an entirely adult decision made by an adult who decided to marry in the first place. The prospective client is the person living the marriage with all of its advantages and disadvantages. No matter how close the friend or family member, that person is not living the marriage. In the past, my feelings on this subject were mixed and... More