Obermayer Family Matters

Obermayer Family Matters

What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?

Posted in Custody, Pennsylvania, Support

In a few short weeks, many children will be graduating from high school and will embark upon the next chapter of their lives. Whether that choice includes college, trade school, or the work force, as a divorced parent, how does this milestone affect your custodial rights and financial responsibilities toward your child? Continue Reading

If You Have Plans to Travel with Your Children This Summer Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know

Posted in Custody


  1. DOES YOUR CUSTODY AGREEMENT OR ORDER PROVIDE FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION – Most custody orders require parents to exchange information regarding travel with the children. Generally you will need to provide, in writing, the itinerary, including dates of travel, flight information, if applicable, phone number and address of where the children will be staying.iStock child travel 13032984_ Continue Reading

How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

Posted in Divorce, Social Media

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very prominent in Pennsylvania divorce cases. This is largely because they are a great source of evidence. It is not uncommon for clients to show up for divorce consults with large stacks of text messages from a spouse or Facebook posts. The field of Family Law is responding to this increasing prevalence of digital information with the increased use of computer forensic investigators/experts. Continue Reading

Custody Dispute in Scarlett Johansen’s Divorce

Posted in Custody, Relocation

In an example of life imitating art, Scarlett Johannsen has found herself in the middle of a civil war. The Captain America: Civil War star has been embroiled in a now public child custody dispute with her estranged husband, Romain Dauriac.  The two celebrities were negotiating a settlement behind closed doors. However, since filing for divorce in New York on March 7, Johannsen’s custody battle over her 2 year old daughter has become very public. Many speculate Johannsen’s divorce filing was a preemptive strike by her legal team to ensure that New York had jurisdiction over the child custody and potential relocation dispute. Dauriac has stated that he intends to move back to Paris with the couple’s daughter if he is awarded custody. Continue Reading


Posted in Custody

Everyone knows what “nesting” means in the context of being pregnant, but what does it mean in the context of custody?  By definition, a bird’s nest custody arrangement is a shared physical custody schedule, whereby, children reside in one residence instead of being transferred between the two separate residences’ of the parents.  For example, instead of a child living with Dad in his household for one week and then being transferred to Mom’s residence for the next week, the child remains in the same household for both weeks while Mom and Dad rotate in and out of the household.  So, when Mom is present in the house, Dad is absent, and when Dad is present in the house, Mom is absent.  The reason behind this type of schedule is to provide the child with a stable living environment during a tumultuous time; however, it is not a particularly common custody arrangement and is not awarded unless both parents request it. Continue Reading

New Jersey’s “New” Termination of Child Support Statute

Posted in Child Support, Emancipation, New Jersey

On February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s “new” Termination of Child Support Statute went into effect. The new statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, which was signed into law on January 19, 2016 by Governor Christie, has potential to dramatically impact the duration of child support obligations in New Jersey. The new statute applies to all orders issued prior and subsequent to the statute’s effective date. Continue Reading

Recent Changes in Pet Custody

Posted in Custody, Pets

It is estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States.[1]  That equates to approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States own a dog, while approximately 30-37% of all households in the United States own a cat.  With these statistics, it is hard to believe that only one state has enacted laws to protect Fido and Miss Kitty from the fallout of his/her owners’ divorce.  Continue Reading

Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

Posted in Divorce, Pennsylvania

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the entry of a final decree in divorce from his or her estranged spouse. Under such grounds, the plaintiff had to file a divorce complaint citing the marriage was irretrievably broken and an affidavit that the parties had lived “separate and apart” for no less than two years before a decree in divorce would be granted.  Continue Reading