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February 2018 Archives

Very few family law standards exist to govern transgender rights

Family law issues in Pennsylvania and nationwide are becoming more complex all the time based on the changing, sometimes-misunderstood values and cultures that now blend into many families. One of the most controversial and disputed subjects in the family law context has to do with transgender minors. Eventually, most courts will face the question of what rights, if any, do these children possess to control their bodies and their destinies.

Criminal defense for mom accused of giving son firearms

Pennsylvania is as afflicted with the specter of high-school age shooters as every other state. As such events get publicized, the authorities may be learning to make quick arrests rather than risk the consequences of not acting. Occasionally, a parent or other alleged adult accomplice needs a good criminal defense counsel along with the child. The adult is likely to be charged with criminal neglect in not stopping the minor from possessing firearms or taking other threatening actions.

Loss of alimony deduction spells uncertainty in family law

Negotiating divorce settlements in Pennsylvania and other states is heading into uncharted territory due to the newly passed federal tax laws. For 75 years, the most established tax rule in negotiating family law settlements has been that alimony is deductible to the payer and treated as income to the recipient. Starting on Jan. 1, 2019 that is all changing, and there will be no alimony deduction to the paying party nor will the recipient pay taxes on it.

Criminal defense attorneys scrutinize traffic stops for drugs

Traffic stops in Pennsylvania are a major source of drug arrests. Criminal defense attorneys, however, are always careful to examine closely the facts of a traffic stop that ends in a drug arrest. The police must have reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle in the first place and then they must have reasonable cause to conduct an intrusive search of the occupants and the vehicle.

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