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Alyssa Harland Knisely

Alyssa Knisely’s Legal Guides

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  • The Purpose of a PFA Order

    The purpose of a Protection From Abuse Order to to prevent the harm from one to a specified group of invididuals. By Attorney Alyssa Knisely, PFA Attorney, Harrisburg, PA The purpose of the Protection From Abuse Act is to prevent domestic violence and, concomitantly, to promote...

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  • Entitlement- The Defense to Spousal Support

    An absolute defense to a request for spousal support is "entitlement." By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Divorce Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA Entitlement, or lack thereof, is an affirmative defense to an action for spousal support. The defense must be raised in a timely fashion, or it w...

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  • Fault Grounds for Divorce Based Upon Indignities

    Although no longer required for the entry of a final decree, the establishment of "fault grounds" in a divorce action may be necessary. By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Divorce Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA A court may grant a divorce to the innocent and injured spouse whenever it is ju...

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  • Grandparent Custody Rights and a Child That's Been Adjudicated "Dependent"

    Grandparents have standing to bring an action for custody even when the child is declared dependent and is in the custody of a children and youth agency. By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Grandparents' Rights Attorney, Harrisburg, PA Under the new Child Custody Statute enacted in ...

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  • The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem or "GAL" in Child Custody Proceedings in PA

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Custody on Sunday, December 30, 2012 A GAL may be appointed by the Court upon motion of a party or upon the Court's own motion in child custody matters. By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Custody Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA I have been involve...

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  • Who Has Standing to Participate in Children and Youth "Dependency Proceedings" in PA?

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Granparent's Custody Rights on Sunday, January 20, 2013 In order to have a stake in the outcome of a dependency matter, one must be a 'party.' By Alyssa H. Knisely, Grandparent's Rights Attorney, Harrisburg, PA I have become i...

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  • Assisted Reproduction Technology in Pennsylvania: Surrogates

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Assisted Reproduction on Saturday, January 26, 2013 Legislation on surrogacy has been proposed in Pennsylvania, but to date without enactment By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Family Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA The use of assisted rep...

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  • Does a Parent's Mental Health or Drug/Alcohol Abuse Issues Play a Role in Determining Child Custody?

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Custody on Monday, February 11, 2013 In extreme cases, such as with suicidal or homicidal ideations, mental health may obviously play an important role in determining child custody. However, the courts may order evaluations or asse...

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  • Review of Child Custody Decisions on Appeal in Pennsylvania

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Custody on Sunday, February 17, 2013 There is a deferential standard of review for the trial court's findings of fact on appeal. This makes it difficult to win on appeal. By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Child Custody Lawyer, Harris...

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  • Ability to Pay Must Be Determined by Court in Setting a Child Support Order in PA

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Support on Friday, May 24, 2013 Calcuation of Net Income specifies that the court must consider a realistic ability to pay, not a theoretical one. By Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely, Child Support Attorney, Harrisburg, PA In determing the ...

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