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ENM Law News: Recent Berks County custody cases

Berks County custody cases often all follow a similar path. But sometimes a client comes to our office with an unusual set a circumstances and we have to think outside the box and act quickly. Here are details of two such Berks County custody cases that Attorney McAllister handled recently.

Spotlight Issue: Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution

One of the biggest points of contention in a divorce can be division of the parties' assets. If no prenuptial agreement has been signed then Pennsylvania law governs how assets are divided. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state which means that if the case goes to trial, a judge will ensure that property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally. That is important to remember when trying to negotiate a property agreement in an effort to avoid trial. The only property that is considered in the determination is marital property so the first step in the process is for the court to determine what property will be included. The court will then need to determine the value of the marital property before determining a fair distribution. The value is based on "fair market value." The last step in the equitable distribution process is the actual division of property.

ENM Law News: Emergency Custody Petition

Our Berks County family law attorneys were able to obtain sole physical custody for a client after divorce proceedings began. The opposing party in the divorce was refusing to allow our client to see his children so our attorneys filed an emergency custody petition asking that custody be given to our client. The hearing was expedited and the court granted our client sole custody of his children.

ENM Law News: Successful Family Law Outcomes

A father came to ENM Law for assistance in getting custody of his daughter who lives in Berks County. At the point that he came to see Attorney Ebner, this client hadn't seen his daughter in 7 months because the child's mother refused to answer his calls and moved to a different residence without notifying him of the new address. Attorney Ebner immediately filed a custody complaint and was able to track down the mother to serve her. Despite the mother's refusal to cooperate, Attorney Ebner was able to secure a custody order for this client which assures him visitation time with his daughter and allows him to take her out-of-state to visit her paternal grandparents.

ENM Law News: Successful Custody Contempt Petition

Our family law attorneys filed a custody contempt petition on behalf of our client arguing that the defendant was refusing to follow a prior custody order which required the defendant to pay for half of the parties' child's private school tuition expenses. The Berks County court agreed with the arguments made by our family law attorneys and ordered that the defendant pay the tuition costs as well as our client's legal fees. 

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