Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pennsylvania Fathers’ Rights: Filing a Complaint to Establish Paternity

This article is courtesy of and will discuss the matter of a father filing a complaint to establish paternity in Pennsylvania. The issue of paternity often arises in the context of a child support case. In these situations, it is often the Mother who is the Plaintiff and is seeking to establish that the Defendant is the Father of the child and is therefore responsible for supporting the child. This situation arises with some regularity and is handled straightforwardly through the support process. A situation that occurs less often is when a possible Father brings suit as the Plaintiff against the Read more

Alimony in Pennsylvania: Will I Have To Pay?

By Anna Ciardi Cordell & Cordell Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer Alimony in Pennsylvania refers to payments that one spouse periodically makes to the other after a divorce. It is important to note that under Pennsylvania divorce law, alimony is a distinct concept from spousal support and from alimony pendente lite. These two latter terms refer to payments made to the lower earning spouse prior to and during the litigation of the divorce, respectively.

Pennsylvania Child Custody Factors

By Anna Ciardi Cordell & Cordell Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer Pennsylvania’s child custody laws were overhauled in 2011, though a custody decision is still generally based upon the best interests of the child. However, the new law lays out 15 factors to be considered when awarding custody, in addition to any other relevant factor, for a total of 16 factors that must be considered by the courts when awarding custody. Clearly, this Pennsylvania custody statute is open to a broad interpretation, and for this reason, nearly anything and everything can be relevant in a custody litigation.