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How Should I Handle Estate Planning Matters During a Divorce?


Ending a marriage can be a stressful process with a myriad of issues to deal with, especially for those dealing with child custody arrangements. As difficult as it might be to face estate matters during a divorce, it is important to discuss. Estate planning encompasses what happens to minor children if one parent should pass

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Will My Job Schedule be Considered When Child Custody Arrangements are Established?


Divorce affects the entire family, and the impact on children can be significant. Most divorced parents want to maintain a strong bond and relationship with their children after the divorce. How can this be achieved when one or both parents have work schedules that are demanding? The concern that job commitments might negatively impact child

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What are My Options if I Cannot Afford a Divorce?


Divorce comes with many costs, and many married couples postpone getting divorced for financial reasons. Some do not want to put their families through it, while others think they cannot afford it. Fortunately, there are some ways to cover the costs of divorce. What Will My Divorce Cost? According to Business Insider, the average cost

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What Happens if I Lose My Job During Divorce?


From March to June of 2020, the number of Americans who filed for unemployment was higher than any time in modern history. As of June 20, 2020, approximately 33 million were receiving unemployment benefits. This kind of financial downturn can only add to the list of stressors that affect separating couples. People often lose their

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How Do I Adopt My Stepchild?


The most common type of adoption seen in family court is stepparent adoption. This is when a stepparent adopts the biological child of his or her spouse. The process involves a new birth certificate for the child, naming the biological parent and the adoptive parent as the child’s legal parents. This document may also change

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How Can I Spend More Time with My Kids After Divorce?


Divorce affects more than just the separated couple. If there are children involved, their feelings are at risk, and the new changes in their lives may be difficult for them to adjust to. It is important for each parent to spend as much time as possible with their children and continue to build strong parent-child

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How Can I Successfully Co-Parent This Summer?


Co-parenting in the summer can present significant challenges, even for parents who have established a child custody plan that works well the rest of the year. If both parents are working and the children are young and cannot be left alone, then it is highly likely that an entirely new co-parenting plan must be worked

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Summer Child Care Tips for Single Parents


For single parents, it can be hard to juggle work and family time during the summertime. When your children are off for the summer, parents must make decisions on how to occupy their children’s time while they are at work. For many parents, childcare costs are too expensive and for young children, there are not

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Divorce Records Are Public


Separating couples who go through divorce proceedings may not realize what happens in court may become public record. This does not mean that it will be broadcasted on the local news. However, in some states, interested parties can request copies of divorce petitions and final divorce decrees from county clerks or obtain them through other

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Medical Marijuana and Child Custody


What is the impact of medical marijuana in a custody case?  With Pennsylvania legalizing marijuana for certain medicinal purposes, questions arrive how a parent’s use of medical marijuana will impact the Court’s award of custody.  In a recent case the Superior Court held that a parent’s use of marijuana, even if legally prescribed, may be

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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

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