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Family law is complicated. While no amount of research can replace a personalized consultation from an experienced family law attorney, getting informed is one of the best ways to prepare for your divorce, custody, support or other family law matter.

To get you started, we’ve put together articles we think will help you gain the knowledge you need to successfully move forward.

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Grandparent Rights to Visitation or Child Custody in Pennsylvania

Becoming a grandparent is a special event in one’s life, and grandparents often form close and meaningful bonds with their grandchildren. In many families, grandparents spend a great deal of ti... Read more


10 Steps You Should Take To Prepare For Divorce In Pennsylvania

What steps a person should take to prepare for divorce depends on the person’s individual situation and the person’s relationship with his or her spouse. If you and your spouse are separating... Read more


I’m a Woman: Do I Have to Pay Alimony or Child Support?

One morning not long ago, when I was dropping my son off late at pre-school, all of his classmates were already in circle time talking about the day’s weather. As my son joined the circle, I overheard his teacher gently reminding the class that their “mommies” must return permission slips for the library field trip. My heart dropped a bit as I thought of my son’s best friend, sitting … Read more


Should You Consider Pre-Divorce Counseling?

Maintaining a successful marriage can be hard, even under the best of circumstances. Yet, many couples enter into marriage without the skills necessary to navigate this stressful and complex world with a partner. When relationships become strained, many people seek divorce without seriously considering whether the marriage can be saved through counseling. Even if the marriage cannot be saved,… Read more


Cooley & Handy Obtains Extraordinary Reversal in Supreme Court of Pennsylvania of Superior Court Decision Quashing Appeal of Paternity by Estoppel Case as Moot

After a lengthy and, at times, frustrating legal battle, Cooley & Handy secured their clients’ right to appeal an adverse paternity by estoppel decision in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. On November 9, 2011, the Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court’s decision that quashed the appeal in the paternity by estoppel custody case as “moot.” The Superior Court had quashed the ap… Read more


Attorney’s Fees Awarded for Frivolous Custody Appeal In Pennsylvania

Cooley & Handy’s attorneys successfully convinced the Superior Court of Pennsylvania to sustain a Bucks County trial court’s award of attorney’s fees and to award their client additional attorneys’ fees for having to litigate a frivolous appeal. The parties in the case were involved in a highly contentious divorce. As part of the parties’ Property Settlement Agreement resolvi… Read more


Karen C. Graham joins law firm of Cooley & Handy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact Kevin J. Handy, principal Phone: 215.345.8000 Email: Karen C. Graham, Esq. has joined the Doylestown law firm of Cooley & Handy.  The firm concentrates its practice in family law and personal injury law in Bucks, Montgo… Read more


Cooley & Handy challenges order requiring father to take down website.

Firm Contact: Kevin J. Handy 215-345-8000 Divorced Father Challenges Judge's Order Forcing him to Take Down Anonymous Website and Blog About his Ex-Wife and Divorce on First Amendment Grounds. Divorced Father Claims that Bucks County, Pennsylvania Judge's Order Requiring him to Take Down a Website … Read more


Time to Retire… and Divorce?

The recently announced separation of Al and Tipper Gore reflects a broader trend of couples divorcing later in life – after thirty, forty or more years of marriage. Divorces among older couples, especially couples at or near retirement age can present difficult challenges in resolving equitable distribution and support and alimony claims in divorce. The Bucks County divorce lawyers at Cooel… Read more


The Great Recession’s Affect on Divorces

The recent recession in the United States has directly affected the economic and personal lives of Americans. A secondary affect of the recession has been on divorce rates. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal notes that divorce rates have decreased as the economic crisis has increased. The reason that divorce rates have decreased is that poorer employment opportunities and a decreas… Read more