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Family Law Posts

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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Is it Cheaper to Keep Her (or Him)? How Spousal Support is Calculated

Posted October 15, 2018

By Shannon C. Braun, Paralegal and Lance J. Nelson, Esquire– When a husband and wife decide to get divorced, during the divorce process one spouse may owe the other spouse spousal support. In Pennsylvania, spousal support is calculated by a simple formula in accordance with the support guidelines. The formula for the calculation of spousal […]

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What Documents Do I Need for My Divorce?

Posted October 5, 2018

By Patrick J. Boyer, Esquire– Clients often ask, what documents do I need for my divorce? Divorce not only involves the dissolution of marital status but can affect nearly every aspect of your finances. As such, having the proper documentation is essential. To initiate a divorce action in Delaware, you will need either an original […]

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How Custody Is Determined in Pennsylvania

Posted September 17, 2018

By Ashley B. Stitzer, Esquire– When a marriage or relationship is dissolving, parents’ primary concern is custody of their child. ­Unfortunately, custody issues can easily become overwhelming and combative resulting in significant distress to the parents as well as the children. If parents are unable to reach an agreement regarding custody decisions for their child, […]

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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

Posted September 4, 2018

By Marie I. Crossley, Esquire– The most accurate answer is “no one really knows” as it is nearly impossible to predict the cost of divorce. Generally speaking, the more complicated the marital estate or custody action, the more fees that will be generated.  However, in our practice, we have handled multi-million dollar estates that settled […]

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How Will Child Support Be Determined?

Posted August 22, 2018

By Shannon C. Braun, Paralegal and Lance J. Nelson, Esquire- In Pennsylvania, basic child support is determined by using the Income Shares Model.  The first step is to determine the parties’ net incomes available for support. Then the parties’ incomes are combined for a total household income. The total household income and the number of […]

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