A Very Brief Overview of the Medical Marijuana Act

Act 16 of 2016, the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), 35 Pa.C.S.A. §10231.101, et seq., effective May 17, 2016, puts Pennsylvania among the growing number of states permitting the use of marijuana for prescribed medicinal purposes. The MMA, like all state laws purporting to “legalize” marijuana use, squarely conflicts with federal law, which still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act with no legitimate medical uses, see 21 U.S.C. Sections 812(b)(1)(A)-(C); 844(a).

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What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation with a Family Law Attorney

When an individual initially contacts a law firm to seek legal advice or representation, that individual is typically involved in some type of problematic or difficult situation that requires the knowledge and expertise of an attorney. Whether it is someone seeking representation for a DUI hearing or advice on a landlord / tenant dispute, a consultation with an attorney is beneficial and often necessary in successfully navigating a tough situation. This is no different from those individuals seeking legal advice for a family law matter such as divorce, custody, or spousal or child support, as those matters can often be complicated areas of law.

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Be informed about child custody and recent changes in Pennsylvania child custody law

If you’re a parent considering divorce, you likely want to understand family law issues relevant to you and have a grasp on basic legal concepts to quell the myths that surround divorce and be safe in your decision. One of the most important issues for a divorcing parent to understand is child custody. More than two years ago, Pennsylvania’s child custody law underwent some significant changes.

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Collaborative divorce is an alternative to litigation in Pennsylvania

Collaborative divorce is a modern alternative to traditional divorce litigation in court. The hallmark of the collaborative process is to avoid litigation and to navigate with the guidance of your counsel with mutual respect through the difficult stages of divorce negotiation to achieve the goal of reaching a comprehensive marital settlement agreement of all legal issues that make up part of your divorce process, which may include property and debt division, interim support, alimony, child custody and visitation, and child support.

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Increasing divorce rate tied to economy and housing market

University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen recently published an article examining how the economy affects the U.S. divorce rate. His research links a decline in divorce rates with a struggling economy. By his estimate between 2008 and 2011, 150,000 divorces that would normally have happened did not. That equated to a four percent decline.

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Survivors of domestic abuse urge abused people to seek help

A recent community conversation about domestic abuse in Minnesota brought together panelists who were survivors of domestic abuse. While the panel was convened outside of Pennsylvania, those who survive and are victims of domestic abuse in Pennsylvania have similar concerns and should be aware of the same information.

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Understanding how assets are divided in Pennsylvania divorces

Over the course of a marriage, it is common for Pennsylvania couples to co-mingle their assets. This includes not only the assets they enter into their marriage with, but also the assets they attain during their marriage. Should they decide to divorce, however, these assets or property will have to be divided and distributed between them.

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Understanding marital contracts

Gone are the days when prenuptial agreements were only used by or useful for the rich and famous. More and more couples in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation today are entering into these marital contracts as noted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Such documents are still utilized as a means of protecting assets during divorces but their benefits extend far beyond that.

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