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Court Orders Attorney Fees in Child Custody Contempt Case

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Hopkins v. Byes reiterates that it may be appropriate for a trial court to order attorney fees against a party found in contempt for failing to follow a child custody order. Hopkins v. Byes is a custody case that arose in Erie County, Pa. The relevant facts of the case are as follows: Sonya Byes and Jo...

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Mandatory Wellness Programs: Considerations for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls While Ensuring Organizational Health

THE CORPORATE COUNSELOR, 2008 Most employees typically spend more than half of their waking hours at work. Unsurprisingly, work culture can have a serious impact on their health. As a result, many companies have designed wellness programs to promote a healthier work environment and prevent and manage diseases in an effort to maintain employee heal...

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Court Enforces Rules for In Camera Interviews with Children

The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Hopkins v. Byes reiterates that it may be appropriate for a trial court to order attorney fees against a party found in contempt for failing to follow a child custody order. Hopkins v. Byes is a custody case that arose in Erie County, Pa. The relevant facts of the case are as follows: Sonya Byes and Jo...

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Unincorporated Divorce Property Settlement Agreement Enforceable

The Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Annechino v. Joire provided a reminder and clarification to family law practitioners regarding the enforceability of property settlement agreements. Donna Annechino and Kenneth Joire entered into a property settlement agreement May 15, 2001. On Aug. 2, 2001, a divorce decree was entered, divorcing the partie...

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Entering The U.S. Market: Opportunities And Risks

With a weak dollar and many strong foreign currencies, investors from around the globe (both individuals and institutional) are interested in taking a look at the U.S. market. After all, the U.S. market is still one of the largest and most homogeneous markets in the world. It is composed of an ever consuming public, speaking a single language, and...

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Statute Requires Collection of Child Support Arrears From Injury Settlement

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently addressed the application of the relatively new Domestic Relations Statute 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 4308.1 pertaining to "Collection of Overdue Support for Monetary Awards," in the case of Faust v. Walker. Interestingly, the appellant in this case was the domestic relations office of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.

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Precedent-Setting New Jersey Appellate Court Decision Authorizes Plaintiffs'

In a precedent-setting case decided and released for publication on May 16, 2008, the New Jersey Appellate Division carved out an exception to New Jersey's general adherence to the American Rule that parties should bear their own attorneys' fees.  The Court also, for the first time, expressly recognized as the law of New Jersey § 914(2) o...

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IRS Issues Directive on Disclosure of Foreign Income



 

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Child Support Modification Retroactive to Date of Misrepresentation

In Pennsylvania, a modification to a child support/spousal support/alimony pendente lite order will generally be retroactive to the date that the petition for modification is filed. However, pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 4352(e), "modification may be applied to an earlier period if the petitioner was precluded from filing a petition for modifica...

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What's Cooking in Congress: The Time (and Laws) Are A-Changin

  What's Cooking in Congress: The Time (and Laws) Are A-Changin

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