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Do you need permission to take a summer vacation with your child?

Summer is fast approaching and many Pennsylvania families are already making plans for vacations. In fact, those renting beach houses or planning trips out of the country typically make reservations and create their itineraries well in advance of the scheduled dates of their vacations. For some, this year's summer vacation will be different from all the rest since it's the first time they'll go away with their children following a divorce.

If you're one of many parents adapting to a new lifestyle after divorce, you may be wondering about rules concerning summer excursions. Can you take one any time you like? Do you need your former spouse's approval or the court's permission to take your children with you on a trip? These types of questions are common for newly divorced parents.

Overcoming potential roadblocks in same-sex adoptions

When the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the LGBT community celebrated. Unfortunately, that decision failed to remove other potential prejudices facing the community when it comes to expanding their families through adoption. Fortunately, overcoming any potential roadblocks is possible if you remain optimistic and take the right steps.

What do you need to know about child support in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania family courts follow certain guidelines to determine the amount of child support paid each month. Understanding these guidelines can help a parent understand his or her potential financial obligations, as well as avoid unnecessary disputes during divorce.

The formula used to determine child support is a guideline, and a deviation from these guidelines may be appropriate when certain circumstances are present. The intent of child support is to provide stability and protect the best interests of the children, and it is beneficial to work with a lawyer who can help guide you through this process.

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