Protection from Abuse – PFA

Too Much Sex is Grounds for Restraining Order

by Brian Vertz on January 12, 2014

One of the first published family law decisions this year is Boykai v. Young, 2014 PA Super 4  (January 7, 2014), a protection from abuse action arising from Bucks County. In Boykai, a husband was evicted from the marital residence and prohibited from having any contact with his wife for a period of one year, based […]

Video Trumps Trooper Testimony in PFA Proceeding

October 17, 2013 Court Decisions

A non-precedential opinion of the Superior Court affirms the decision of a Lackawanna County court, which granted a Protection from Abuse order against the father of two young children. In E.B. v. H.S., No. 1906 MDA 2012 (October 1, 2013), the Father appealed a decision that granted a PFA against him, enjoining contact with his wife […]

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Vague Threat “Or Else” May Be Enough for Protection From Abuse

May 24, 2013 Court Decisions

During a custody exchange, a child’s father told that the mother that she’d better not refer to her boyfriend as the child’s dad “or else.”  While yelling at her, he pointed his finger in her face.  He also placed his hands around her boyfriend’s hands and squeezed. Upset and fearful, the mother applied for an […]

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No PFA Restraining Order with a Hearing, Says PA Court

May 5, 2013 Court Decisions

One of the fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution is due process, the right to notice and an opportunity to be heard in court. Laws that impair due process are narrowly construed, but they do exist, such as the law that authorizes temporary protection from abuse (PFA) restraining orders. Under Pennsylvania law, the defendants are […]

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Teen Who May Have Been Abused Should Testify in Domestic Violence Hearing

March 29, 2013 Court Decisions

“Be careful what you ask for. If you tell the authorities that your ex committed child abuse and cannot prove it, your credibility might be doubted when you really need it later.” That’s the advice I would give to the Father who successfully appealed in T.H. v. M.H., No. 1204 WDA 2011 (February 25, 2013), […]

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