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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.

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How to Get Divorced in Pennsylvania

"How do I get divorced in Pennsylvania?" is probably the most frequent and seemingly simple question that Cooley & Handy gets from our family law clients. Unfortunately there is no simple ... Read more


Social Security Retirement Benefits and Divorce – What are YOU entitled to?

If you are in the midst of a divorce, Social Security retirement benefits may not be on your mind, especially if you are relatively young and far from retirement. However, the potential affect of... Read more


How The Vanishing Credit Works In Bucks County PA Divorces

A frequent issue that arises in Pennsylvania divorce cases is how a premarital asset that was contributed to the marriage should be handled in equitable distribution. A premarital asset is an asset that one party possessed before the marriage. Such an asset is deemed “contributed to the marriage” or converted to a marital asset when it is put into joint names or used to purchase a joint m… Read more


Cooley & Handy Secures Extraordinary Stay of Alimony Pendente Lite Order Entered in Bucks County Divorce Proceedings from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania took the rare step of staying a completely unprecedented and legally erroneous alimony pendente lite order entered against an ex-husband in a Bucks County divorce action by the Hon. Alan M. Rubenstein. The stay of the alimony pendente lite order was obtained through the efforts of the Bucks County divorce lawyers at Cooley & Handy. … Read more


As the Economy Rises, So Does the Divorce Rate

In May 2010 we wrote about how the great recession had caused couples to put their divorces on hold due to the loss of employment and decreases in the value of their assets. Federal figures suggest the divorce rate fell about 7% between 2006 and 2009. National Public Radio now reports that with the improving economy the divorce rate is once again on the rise. Because banks are now more wil… Read more


Pennsylvania Divorce Law 101: Know The Basics

Divorce is the legal process of ending a marriage in Pennsylvania. However, when most people think about "divorce," they usually also think about related claims, such as equitable distribution, which is the legal process of dividing up marital property in Pennsylvania, support claims (such as alimony pendente lite, and spousal support), and sometimes even custody and child support claims. Whi… Read more


Cooley & Handy Successfully Argues for Application of “Paternity by Estoppel” Doctrine in Bucks County Custody Case

February 18, 2009 - Cooley & Handy Successfully Argues in Buck County Custody Matter that “Paternity by Estoppel” is Applicable where Biological Father Failed to Challenge Putative Father’s Acknowledgement of Paternity for Nine Years Despite Actual Knowledge of Probability that Child was his Biological Child. The trial court in a Bucks County custody matter recently accepted Cool… Read more


Cooley & Handy Challenges Order Sanctioning Father $2,000.00 for Cursing in Front of His Ex-Wife and Daughter on First Amendment Grounds

Father Claims that Bucks County Judge’s Order Prohibiting Him From Using “Inappropriate” Language Constitutes an Illegal and Unenforceable Prior Restraint on Free Speech

Doylestown, Pa (April 24, 2009) - A father in a custody dispute is challenging a contempt order entered by a Bucks County judge that sanctioned him $2,000.00 for violating a custody order requiring him not to … Read more


Intelligencer Columnist Lends Support to Cooley & Handy’s Appeal of Custody Contempt Fine Based on Father’s First Amendment Rights

Four Letters, Two Grand

By Phil Gianficano, Daily Intelligencer May 3, 2009 - A Bucks County Judge recently instructed a Northampton man involved in a custody dispute to stop cussing when in the presence of his 9-year old daughter. The judge subsequently learned the man violated terms of the agreement and uttered a four-letter word in front of the girl. The word was not flo… Read more


Pennsylvania Abuse of Process Lawsuit Arising out of Contentious Custody Litigation Dismissed

December 31, 2008 - Cooley & Handy recently secured the dismissal of a frivolous “abuse of process” lawsuit filed against one of its clients, a mother, by her ex-husband and the father of her children. The lawsuit arouse out of contentious and on-going custody litigation pending in Bucks County. Cooley & Handy also represented the mother in the custody litigation. In the underl… Read more