How to Keep a Business Through a Divorce

By William J. Donovan and Dorothy C. O’Neil No one enters a marriage expecting it to end. Further, most people do not plan for their marriage to end, including what happens to their house, retirement or their business. As divorce attorneys, we often see a scenario such as this: During the marriage, one spouse expresses an interest in starting up a business. Both parties know there are risks and money…

Proposed Changes to H-4 Visas Could Impact Families

Recently proposed changes to immigration policies will undoubtedly impact many individuals currently in the United States with H1-B and H-4 visas. While many individuals are already familiar with H1-B visas, which allow U.S. employers to hire highly-skilled professionals for specialized jobs that are difficult to fill exclusively with U.S. citizens, fewer may be familiar with H-4 visas. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members—spouses and children under the age…

2018 New Year’s Resolution: Get a Divorce?

It’s an exciting time of year! Everywhere you turn, people are buzzing about their New Year’s resolutions, and the positive changes they’re planning for a bigger, better 2018. Working out on a regular basis. Cutting the budget so you can afford your dream vacation. Taking more ‘me’ time. Whatever your goals, wishes or dreams are, it’s a time to hit the ‘restart’ button. The options are endless for a new…

How Will the New Tax Bill Affect Alimony and Child Support in Pennsylvania?

With approval of the new tax bill, changes to the tax code could significantly affect parties going through a divorce or child support matter, leading to more involved negotiations, as well as more litigation. If you are impacted by divorce, here is what you need to know. Under the current tax code any spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony payments are deductible by the payor each tax year, and…

The Holidays: A Time for Cheer or a Time for Jeer?

The first signs have already appeared: there are lights strung up around businesses, wreaths lining the streets, holiday family pictures popping up on your Facebook feeds, and holiday music bellowing on the radio. It’s the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re going through a separation or divorce. Amidst all of the merry and bright, parents of children going through a separation often feel anxiety and helplessness. This is especially…

Family Law Co-Chair Named to 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars List

Family Law Group Co-Chair Dorothy C. Wolbert was selected for the 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for ten years or less. Ms. Wolbert is experienced in all family law matters, representing clients in complex support, divorce and custody cases throughout Pennsylvania. She is…

Constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Grandparent Statute under question in D.P. and B.P. vs. G.J.P and A.P.

This article was published in the March 18, 2016 issue of the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyers Journal. On September 8, 2015, Judge Smail, Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, issued an Order and Opinion in D.P. and B.P. vs. G.J.P and A.P., which may cause the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Grandparent Statute, 23 Pa.C.S. 5325, Subsection 2. This statute grants standing for grandparents…

Collaborative divorce: The future of family law

By Dorothy Wolbert, Co-Chair, Burns White Family Law Often when I meet with clients, they tell me about the horror stories of their sibling, neighbor, or friend’s divorces.  While they certainly vary, some of the common complaints involve extremely expensive divorces, spouses getting kicked out of their houses, lengthy custody battles with children testifying in court, protection from abuse actions and police involvement, and hurtful allegations between spouses. The most…

How to choose your family law attorney

By Dorothy Wolbert, Co-Chair, Burns White Family Law Choosing a family law attorney is a decision that should be given great weight.  When you are choosing an individual to represent you in your divorce, custody, support, and/or Protection from Abuse matters, you are entrusting that person with your deepest emotions, with your finances, and with your family’s ultimate dynamic.  At Burns White Family Law, we often receive questions from colleagues…