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  • Determinations of Child Abuse- Founded, Indicated or Unfounded
    Determinations of Child Abuse- Founded, Indicated or Unfounded

    Local children and youth agencies in the Commonwealth are also entrusted with the responsibility for investigating allegations of child abuse , and determining whether reports are "founded," ...

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  • Same Sex Marriage is
    Same Sex Marriage is "Marriage"

    The implications of the Whitewood/Obergefell decisions have been widespread, yet some issues still remain unresolved. In Whitewood , the U.S. Middle District Court ruled that the statutory ban on ...

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  • Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody
    Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody

    A few changes in 2013 and 2014 to the Child Protective Services Law ("CPSL") have two major changes involving child custody. The newly-enacted law focused on enhancing child protection emerged after ...

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  • Child-Counselor Privilege Does Not Exclude Testimony in Expungement Proceedings
    Child-Counselor Privilege Does Not Exclude Testimony in Expungement Proceedings

    Normally privileged conversations between a counselor and a child are not excluded from testimony at a child abuse expungement hearing . Typically, any communications that a person, including kids, ...

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  • Social Media and Family Law- A Cautionary Tale
    Social Media and Family Law- A Cautionary Tale

    Social media may offer surprising evidence for parents in family law matters. My colleague recently posted some interesting information about the use of social media in criminal matters. Specifically, ...

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  • Grandparents in Custody Matters- Why We Need Them
    Grandparents in Custody Matters- Why We Need Them

    Grandparents hold a special bond with grandchildren. Pennsylvania recognizes the critical role that grandparents play in the lives of many grandchildren throughout the Commonwealth. We provide for ...

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