Karen Ulmer Pendergast is a family lawyer serving the needs of clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has the experience to confront all complex legal issues in the area of divorce, custody and support having served in this field since 1995. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Pendergast has significant training in mediation and has settled many cases out of court and served as a mediator in custody disputes.
Karen Ulmer Pendergast is the founding member of Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., a law firm that provides services in the areas of family law, estates and probate, real estates and mediation. With offices in Montgomery County and Bucks County, the firm is able to provide representation to clients in all areas of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs as well as in New Jersey.
- Family Law
- Real Estate Law
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We offer a free 15 minute consultation by phone
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- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
The firm requires a retainer in advance for services and charges hourly.
- New Jersey
- English: Spoken, Written
- Founder, Family Law Attorney
- Karen Ann Ulmer PC
- - Current
- Founder, Partner
- Curtis & Ulmer PC
- Jennifer Courtney
- Georgetown University
- LL.M. (1996) | Securities Regulation
- Activities: new mother of a newborn
- Widener University Delaware School of Law
- J.D. (1995) | Law
- Activities: SBA
- Duke University
- B.S. (1991) | Psychology
- Activities: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Kappa Delta
- Ten Best
- American Institute of Family Lawyers
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania State Bar # 77563
- Bucks County Bar Association
- - Current
- Divorce from A to Z, Allentown and Philadelphia
- National Business Institute
- 40 Hour Family Mediation Training Certification
- Good Shephard Mediation Center
- Foreign Adoption
11 June 2019
- Post-Adoption Contact
11 June 2019
- Divorced and Taking Your Children Out of the Country - PA Law
7 June 2019
- How to Explain Divorce to Your Children
6 June 2019
- Obtaining Sole Custody in PA
5 June 2019
- Consents Necessary to Adoption
21 May 2019
- Adopting Multiple Children
21 May 2019
- Adoption Appeals
9 May 2019
- Name Change through Adoption
9 May 2019
- Q. I filed for child support from my daughter's father. What if he denies being the father and doesn't sign the AOP ?
- A: If you are unmarried then the father may first request a paternity test before the court will enter an order on child support. If he is determined to be the father then an order will be entered. Every county varies on time but expect to wait at least six weeks before the first conference is held from the date you file, and possibly even longer.
- Q. When adopted son dies is his child still my legal grandchild
- A: Your question does not indicate whether your grandson is adopted or is your biological grandson who was given up. If your biological grandson was adopted by another family he is no longer your legal grandchild. If your adopted grandchild was adopted into the family by your biological child, he is your legal grandchild. I also am sorry to hear if your grandchild has passed and offer my condolences to your family.
- Q. The decree states that our house be sold, but it won't sell...
- A: If the house is not able to be sold, it really depends on the reason as to what remedy you will want to seek. In either situation you will need to petition the court for post-trial relief. It may be that the house has to be sold for less and you may want to get an opinion of a realtor if you go to trial.
- Q. Can my ex call back into domestics after modification hearing and be granted more without me there?
- A: An order can be put in place without you there but you should have received notice in order for them to make any changes. Orders can be modified as circumstances changes with a petition filed and notice to the other side of a court date.
- Q. My son is 16 years old let me lives in Pennsylvania but does not want to go back to his father what do I do
- A: He will not have the right to decide until he is 18. Unfortunately, you will have to go through the court process and follow the orders if you cannot reach an agreement with the other parent. You should talk with him and explain that he needs to respect the decision of the court, but see if the other parent will agree to counseling to get to the root of the problem as to why he does not want go there.
- Q. Can my daughter be taken away from me?
- A: If you do not live with the mother and you do not do drugs and are a good father, there would be no reason that anyone would take your child from you. You would file for a change in custody for sole physical custody or supervised custody due to the drug issue and the court will determine whether to modify the time mother has based on whether she is doing drugs, there is evidence and she does them around the child, etc. If you think she is doing drugs around the child, you should definitely file to modify it to supervised custody.
- Q. Im moving from Pennslyvania to Texas in a few months and I want full custody of my child? Is it possible and if so how?
- A: You will need to first establish that you are the father. You may face many hurdles as the office that handles Children and Youth cases may take the baby if the baby is born addicted and they may not be aware that you are possibly the father. Your question does not indicate where she is living or why you are moving. You will want to be in contact with whatever the agency is that handles Children and Youth claims as well as the hospital where the baby is born so that they know who you are and that you are alleging to be the father. You will need to file a Petition for Paternity and Petition for Custody but the paternity will have to be heard first to establish if you are the father. If you are not the father, you will have no legal rights.
- Q. What happens when a spouses Attorney Quits the case prior to finishing the divorce in PA?
- A: An attorney is not required to obtain a divorce, however, you will need to process paperwork in order to obtain a court date or a final decree as they are not automatically scheduled. If enough time passes, the court may send notice that the case will be dismissed due to inaction unless someone notifies them that it is still pending. Your case will not, however, result in a final divorce unless one of the parties educates themselves on how to process the paperwork or hires a lawyer to assist with it.