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- Arbitration & Mediation
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- Civil Rights
- Juvenile Law
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- Child Custody
- Special Needs Custody
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Penelope A. Boyd, attorney
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- Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
- Disabilities Law Project
- Department of the Public Advocate
- Villanova University School of Law
- Pennsylvania State University - University Park
- B.A. | Pre-law
- Chester County Bar Association
- Certified Family Law Mediator
- Montgomery County Mediation Center
- Certified Elder Law Mediator
- Montgomery County Meditation Center
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18 Questions Answered
- Q. My ex girlfriend and I do not have court ordered visitation and I haven't spoken or seen my son in over 2 months
- A: This sounds like a situation where there is a legal answer and a practical answer. By the time you filed any kind of petition and got before a court, it is likely that your 17 year old will become an 18 year old and not subject to custody. And even if you went to court, a court will listen to the preferences of a child of 17 and take them seriously. Sleeping and hanging out with friends is a large part of a teenager's life. On the other hand, he should be spending time with his father because that is also important. Have you considered other ways of maintaining the connection with him in a way that he will see you without resenting you?
- Q. If I'm afraid my husband might hurt me, should I put it in writing to my family members/friends?
- A: If you are afraid your husband may hurt you, you should contact your local domestic violence program immediately. Find out your options and make a plan for your own safety. You may be eligible for a Protection from Abuse order or be able to take other action to protect yourself.
- Q. Im 17 and I want to move in with my mom without my fathers consent. Can I do this without him making me return home?
- A: You will learn in life that "running away" from your problems is almost never the best solution. If there is a court order regarding custody, you are asking your mother to violate that order if you make and act on this decision on your own. That does not mean that you might not be able to live with your mom. As a young adult who is not quite emancipated, you should talk to both your parents about your living situation. A parent can consult with an attorney in your area about making a change in the order. If it gets to a court, the court will take your wishes into account.
- Q. my daughter had child support many years ago but they close the case cause the dad diisapear
- A: If your daughter is still a minor, she may be eligible for Social Security Survivor's benefits. Contact your local Social Security office to find out.
- Q. I was recently the victim of domestic violence last month at the hands of my boyfriend and gave a statement to police
- A: You are in a difficult spot. As long as you are doing what you can to move forward with your life, do not panic. Get support from agencies such as crime victims and get an attorney who understands domestic violence to represent you in custody. Custody courts are concerned that the kids are safe. You have already done the hard work of giving a statement. Just commit to the follow through and good luck.
- Q. Im told by my attorney I can't go into domestic conference, just the attorneys. I want to be a part of it. what do I do
- A: Trust your attorney. Conferences sometimes do not include the parties. Usually this is to establish the issues, schedule witnesses, or identify additional information that might be needed. You will be in the conference through your attorney so make sure s/he has all the information they need beforehand.
- Q. In PA, does spousal support end when divorce is final and there were no claims for alimony
- A: Unless there has been an agreement to alimony in the property settlement agreement, spousal support generally will stop when the divorce is granted. Alimony, equitable distribution and awards of counsel fees are generally considered ancillary relief that must be part of the divorce. If there is no order or agreement for alimony, spousal support generally ends when the marriage does.
- Q. HI, I want to get a divorce from my husband. How would I go about that? I live in pa and he lives in Broome ny.
- A: Don’t make the mistake of trying to get something filed just to get it started. There are timelines that affect jurisdiction in family law matters and you want to understand the consequences of the decisions you make. Consultation with an attorney in your area can help you weigh the costs and benefits of this decision. Good luck.
- Q. my husband left and I would like to know do i have to allow him back in my home to retrieve his things.
- A: Separation is a very difficult time, particularly if abuse is involved. Check with the lawyer who is representing you in the divorce or the local domestic violence agency to make sure you are safe. If you feel you need a Protection from Abuse order, the DV agency and/or the court may help you apply for that. Sometimes I suggest to clients that they pack up the spouse's belongings and arrange for a third party to deliver them. Another alternative might be to require that he hire a constable to come with him if he is coming back into your home. These kind of choices are ones you alone can make -- you know him best. Good luck.
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