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28 December 2021

Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody Cases

Sexual abuse allegations made by barely articulate children or troubled youth, sometimes supported by an anxious parent, are rarely believed.
24 October 2017

Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting

Public policy in Pennsylvania proposes that the family is the basic unit of society and the protection and preservation of the family are of paramount public concern.
16 June 2016

Prenuptial Agreements: Avoiding Debt, Planning For The Future

A hypothetical case illustrates the consideration involved in writing an effective agreement.
February 2016

Mental Illness and the Legal System

Personality disorders are believed to be formed at an early age in abusive relationships, generally where children cannot get their emotional needs met.

Hilary Vesell Quoted in Dauphin County Bar Foundation’s Newsletter

Domestic violence is thought to be perpetrated by those with certain personality disorders such as narcissism. Similarly, social factors such as grandiosity and lack of empathy (i.e. putting down and demeaning women) are sometimes encouraged in society. While material possessions and status are often overvalued, character traits such as humility and kindness are generally devalued. Accordingly, there is probably an upswing in emotional and physical abuse in our society, combined with a decrease in reporting due to the isolating nature of the pandemic.”
Hilary Peery Vesell, Esq.