Kathryn Hilbush

Kathryn Hilbush

Experienced, compassionate family law attorney in Delaware County
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania
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  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hilbush
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Attorney
Fronefield & deFuria
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Education
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
B.A. | Political Science
University of Baltimore School of Law
J.D.
Awards
Best Divorce Lawyers
Main Line Times
Best Family Lawyers
Main Line Times
President's Special Recognition Award
Delawre County Bar Association
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
Current
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Current
Delaware County Bar Association
Member
Current
Delaware County Bar Association
Chairperson, Famiy Law Section Divorce Subcommittee
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Delaware County Bar Association
Chairperson, Family Law Rules Committee
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Delaware County Bar Association
Board of Directors
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Delaware County Bar Association Family Law Section
Chairperson
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Speaking Engagements
How to Read and Understand Income Tax Returns, Training for Domestic Relations conference officers, Media, PA
Domestic Relations Office
Certifications
Mediation
Center for Resolutions
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
604 Questions Answered

Q. I'm interested in pursuing a contempt case with regard to child custody order
A: Your attempt to make this question gender and litigant neutral makes it a bit confusing but this is what I can tell you. It may not be a contempt petition worthy circumstance but you may want to explore filing a petition to modify the order. I strongly urge you to consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area before you make any legal moves. Sometimes what was an "exchange of words" to one party may appear to be something more serious to another. Try to have the entire matter evaluated by an attorney.
Q. I got married 3 weeks ago. Can I file for divorce now? Since we do not have any debt/assets together.
A: Sure, you can but I suggest that you first give it a chance. Try some marriage and individual counseling.
Q. Would my spouse be entitled to a portion of my bank account that was opened after being separated
A: Generally assets acquired after separation are non-marital property unless marital assets were used to acquire the post-separation asset. Since you indicate that the account was funded entirely by your wages, it would not be marital property.
Q. Is it legal to move out at 16 into a family member's house?
A: If you are 16 and not legally emancipated, your parents can require you to reside where they choose, not where you choose. However, if everyone can make a friendly agreement for you to live elsewhere, then you can.
Q. Should/can I file for an emergency custody order?
A: I think more information is needed before you can make a decision on this. For example, were the police involved? I assume your son wasn't harmed. Have his parents ordered you ex out of their home? I suggest that you obtain more details and then make an appointment with an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss the facts and your options.
Q. PA. my mom passed, no will,She owned a home (no mortgage). Survivors -my sister and me. We want to sell, can we
A: I agree with my colleague's advice. Once you open the estate, the house will be able to be listed for sale.
Q. If PFA expires on 04/20/18 will defendant be allowed back to normal activity as of THAT DAY or the day after?
A: If this is a question about a PFA in CT, I can't answer it because it somehow ended up going out to the PA attorneys. That's a good question and, frankly, I wouldn't advise a client to take any action contrary to the PFA until after 4/20/18. That one day matters little when compared to a possible misunderstanding of the expiration date and a possible arrest for contempt, even if ultimately proven to be in error. I strongly urge you to discuss your overall situation with an experienced family law attorney in your area.
Q. Is a marriage legal if a previous spouse has not been served divorce papers? What should the previous spouse do?
A: She should have been served divorce papers although, even now, there are probably ways to circumvent the process. I don't practice in either Texas or North Carolina and so can't give you advice about the laws and procedures in either state. What I would generally suggest is that you check the court dockets for every county in both states where he resided to see if either your daughter's or his name comes up. If neither does, then see if there's any way to acquire a copy of his marriage license application. That asks the applicants if they've been previously married and if so, how did the marriage end. I believe a copy of the divorce decree must be submitted. If you can't obtain access to this information then perhaps discuss the issue with a private investigator.
Q. I live in PA (berks) I want to move to FL and I had kids out of wed lock. Do I need a permission from their dad to move?
A: Actually, whether or not there's an existing custody order, you'll want to either notify the father according to the court rules and obtain his permission or request the court for permission because, if you relocate the children to Florida and the father objects, he can raise the issue before the court. If there is an existing court order, he'll likely file a petition to require you to return the children to PA pending the outcome of a custody trial. If there is no existing court order, he can initiate a custody action and file a petition, seeking the same relief. It's likely that he will file the petitions as emergencies, requesting the court's immediate attention. I can't begin to surmise without more facts whether the court would require you to return the children but it is not uncommon for the courts to do so when someone doesn't follow the law. Please meet with an experienced family la attorney in your area to discuss the facts of your case and your options in detail before you move.
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