The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that trial courts have the authority to order the division of cremated remains where the loved ones are in a dispute, in what appears to be an issue of first impression for the court.

But in the case over the disposition of a divorcing couple’s deceased son’s remains, the court found that the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County had abused its discretion in ordering the division of ashes in Kulp v. Kulp.