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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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How is the Marital Home Divided in a Divorce?


Spouses going through a divorce typically have a lot of assets to divide. When a marital home is part of the assets to be divided, what are the options for keeping the home? One of the most important issues to determine in whether the marital home can be retained by one party, has to do

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The Great Estate Podcast, May 7, 2020: Family Law Procedures During COVID-19


On this episode of the Great Estate Podcast, attorney Christopher Brown from Eckell Sparks sits down with his colleague Melanie E. Tunaitis, Esq. to discuss family law proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite court closures, there are still family law cases that need to be handled in a timely and efficient manner. Many of the

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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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PUTMA Accounts Versus 529 Accounts: Why it Matters in your Divorce


The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Brooks v Brooks highlighted a common misunderstanding that can frustrate the intent of people who are divorcing.  The case revolved around one party using the 529 Accounts of both children to pay for the post-secondary education of one child.  The parties, when married created both PUTMA (Pennsylvania Uniform

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Maintaining Privacy During Divorce


During a divorce, it is best for those involved to keep intimate details private; this is especially true if these details include children, assets, or sensitive information about each spouse. Maintaining privacy is crucial because details could be used as evidence in court. How Privacy Is Invaded During a Divorce Sadly, gossipers will sometimes search

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Overcoming Fear of Divorce


Divorce is undoubtedly one of the most stressful events a person can go through in their lifetime, so it is no wonder why many people may remain in an unhappy marriage purely out of the fear of the divorce process. If the thought of going through a divorce causes you immense fear or anxiety, it

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January, The Month of Divorce


The holidays can be difficult, particularly for married couples. Unstable marriages seemingly cannot overcome the added holiday stress at this time of year. Perhaps that is why January is unofficially classified as the “divorce month”, where most divorces happen compared to any other time of the year. All marriages are different, and divorce can happen

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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 our ability to maintain and run our physical offices, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to work remotely from home, prepare legal documents, confer with clients remotely, and provide consultations to those seeking legal advice. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by 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. Do you have a question about whether it’s more beneficial to file your taxes by April 15, despite the postponement of the filing deadlines? 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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