Elizabeth C. Early's Legal Insights

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Social Media and Divorce – 5 Tips to Follow Right Now

Understand that anything you type, post, or reply can and will be used against you in a court of law. It seems like we can't turn on the news today without hearing about yet another social media or texting disaster. We watched the downward spiral of Armie Hammer’s career due to his social media posts […]

Elizabeth Early High Swartz Family Lawyer Toby L. Dickman Seminar 2020

2020 Toby L. Dickman Seminar Offering 3 Substantive CLE Credits

Parenting in a Pandemic Date: December 16, 2020 | Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Virtual The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the practice of family law. This year's Dickman Seminar will explore this impact in a Q&A format featuring Montgomery County judges, masters, practitioners, and court representatives. The seminar will […]

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Which Parent Gets the $500 Child Stimulus Payment and How Does It Impact Support?

The CARES Act is distributing $500 stimulus payments for each qualifying child during the coronavirus pandemic. For those that are divorced, which parent gets it? Family Law Attorney Elizabeth Early explains. Disclaimer: The regulations and guidance relating to the CARES Act payments continue to develop and are far from complete. The guidance in this blog […]

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5 Tips for an Amicable Divorce

It sounds like any oxymoron. An amicable divorce? It’s possible, by following these tips from Family Law Attorney, Elizabeth C. Early. Consider using a neutral third party to guide legal discussion. The inside of a courtroom is not the best environment for cooperative settlement discussions and solution seeking if you’re trying to arrive at an […]

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"Earning Capacity” and What It Means for Child Support Payments

When a marriage is ending, one of the first issues that must be addressed is the amount of child support payments that must be paid. The first task in calculating child support, whether it be spousal support, alimony pendente lite or child support, is calculating the parties’ income available for support. What is considered income? […]

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PFA in PA: Can I Expunge My Protection From Abuse Order?

Expungement of a PFA Order in Pennsylvania is a question that Family Law Attorneys hear a lot. The answer depends on how far the Protection from Abuse proceeded through the legal system. Let me explain. By way of background, a Protection from Abuse Order, or a “PFA Order” as it is more commonly called, is […]

Why is the “Date of Separation” important in a divorce

Why is Establishing the “Date of Separation” important in a divorce?

Depending on your date of separation, the value of your marital estate and any award of alimony could be vastly different. In Pennsylvania, the date that you are deemed to be separated from your spouse, is an important date in your divorce matter for a number of reasons including when the divorce can move forward […]

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Child Custody Scheduling Tips During the Holidays

Here are 6 recommendations I share with my clients to ease the stress and lessen the risk for conflict regarding child custody during the holidays. An often unforeseen complication of separation or divorce is the highly emotional decision of who has custody of your children over the major holidays. It is natural to feel mixed […]

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School Choice and Custody Issues

“School choice” cases, as those cases are typically referred to by child custody attorneys, are difficult, fact-laden, and emotional. School Choice cases are made more complex if the change in school, due to logistics of school hours and location, impacts the other parent’s ability to be an active member of the school community or even […]

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What does a Parenting Coordinator Do?

WHO are parenting coordinators? Parenting coordination is a tool available to parties in contentious custody cases that aims to help the parties resolve minor disputes in custody without repeated visits to the Court. From 2009 through 2013, parenting coordination was used with mixed popularity and mixed results throughout Pennsylvania to resolve day-to-day custody issues. A […]