Scranton’s Premier Family Law Firm Enforcing Court Orders

When a party subject to a family law court order fails to comply with the terms of that order, the other party can go to court in an effort to find the other party in violation and possibly in contempt. A finding of contempt is very serious. The party subject to the contempt order can be put in jail, have his or her wages garnished to pay for child support, lose driving privileges and pay the other party’s legal fees.

At Mulligan Law, we represent both sides in contempt and enforcement issues. We understand the law and the procedures concerning these matters. The Mulligan Law Firm will work diligently to protect your rights and to get you the justice you deserve.

Give us a call today for a free consultation and case evaluation (570) 703-0269

Understanding Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is a growing problem in our Country and in Pennsylvania. Last year alone there were almost 50,000 protection from abuse cases filed in the Commonwealth. In the event you are experiencing domestic abuse or being terrorized by an intimate partner, you don't have to face it alone. 

Domestic abuse occurs when an intimate partner physically or mentally abuses the other partner. Domestic abuse can involve an assault, the threat of an assault, restricting one's movement or repeatedly terrorizing the other individual mentally. 

There are several remedies which the victim of domestic abuse can pursue in Pennsylvania. One option is a restraining order. The other option is to request the Court to issue a Protection From Abuse Order. These Court Orders are made available to keep the abuser from harming the victims. Violations of these Orders could result in serious consequences which include the possibility of incarceration. Keeping victims of domestic abuse safe is a priority of the Mulligan Law Firm and the Court system. 

Call us at (570) 703-0269 for a free and confidential consultation. 


Parental Alienation In Pennsylvania

Parental Alienation is where one parent undermines and interferes with the relationship between the child or children and the other parent. Our custody lawyers have seen our share of malicious parents attempting to alienate a child or children from the other parent. Unfortunately, this type of behavior by parents goes on every day. If you are involved in a nasty custody dispute where you believe the other parent is alienating your child or children against you, let us help devise a strategy to address the problem. We have successfully represented parents who have fought against alienation of their children and have, in extreme cases, secured court orders to take custody away from the alienating parent. 

Seasoned Family Court Judges will typically pick-up on alienation depending on the child's age and maturity. Moreover, a child encouraged to think one parent as bad or evil will generally tell the Court how they have been emotionally manipulated by the other parent if given a chance. This is just one of the warning signs which indicates parental alienation may be taking place. 

Parental alienation can cause a lifetime of psychological harm to a child and not only alienate a child from a parent but also cause problems with future relationships as he or she grow older. At the Mulligan Law Firm, we see examples of parental manipulation/alienation daily. If you need help with an alienation issue, or another family law matter, call us at (570) 703-0269 for a free and confidential consultation. 

How Are Assets Divided During Divorce In Lackawanna County Pennsylvania?

The marital estate is defined as all property acquired by either party during the marriage as well as the increase in value of certain nonmarital property. Equitable distribution requires the Court to identify, evaluate, and distribute marital property pursuant to eleven (11) factors in the statute. The factors which the Court uses are as follows:

  1. The length of the marriage.
  2. Any prior marriage of either party.
  3. The age, health, station amount of income and sources of income vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities and the needs of each of the parties.
  4. The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the party.
  5. The opportunity of each party for future acquisitions of capital assets and income.
  6. The sources of income of both parties, including, but not limited to, medical, retirement insurance or other benefits.
  7. The contribution or dissipation of each party in the acquisition, preservation, depreciation or appreciation of the marital property, including the contribution of a party as a homemaker.
  8. The value of the property set apart to each party.
  9. The standard of living the parties established during the marriage.
  10. The economic circumstances of each party at the time the division of property is to become effective.
  11. The Federal, State and local ramifications associated with each asset to be divided, distributed or assigned, which ramifications need to be immediate and certain.
      1. The expense of sale, transfer, or liquidation associated with a particular asset, which expense need to not be immediate and certain.
      2. Whether the party will be the custodian of any dependent minor children.

The court may not necessarily start with a 50-50 distribution. It should be noted that equitable distribution doesn’t mean equal. In evaluating and distributing marital property, the court may consider each marital asset independently and apply different percentages to the assets.

If you would like to discuss equitable distribution in Scranton Pennsylvania or anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania call the Mulligan Law Firm at 570-703-0269.