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Blog Posts in 2015

  • 2016 Divorce Checklist

    || 28-Dec-2015

    Now that 2016 is just around the corner, we are entering one of the busiest divorce seasons of the year. Historically, divorce filings surge on the first Monday in January, which will be Jan. 4 this year. Why is January such a popular month for divorce filings? One reason is that people like to wait until after the holidays, especially when they have children. Unhappy couples often want to give ...
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  • Divorce & the Financially Dependent Spouse

    || 21-Dec-2015

    In community property states, such as California and Nevada, a couple's marital assets are divided 50/50 during a divorce. That's not the case in Pennsylvania, which is an "equitable division" state. Under Pennsylvania's divorce laws, a married couple's assets are divided equitably, which doesn't always mean "equally." If a couple cannot reach a settlement ...
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  • Two Years is Too Long for Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 14-Dec-2015

    Reinforcing the stability of marriage while minimizing the impact of divorce should be the ultimate goal of divorce law in Pennsylvania. That was the intention of the state's lawmakers, but sadly, that was not the result. Under current state law, divorcing couples must wait a mandatory two-year waiting period to obtain a no-fault divorce. Instead of giving couples the time to "think it ...
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  • New York Makes Big Changes to Alimony Law

    || 7-Dec-2015

    Historically, December is one of the most popular months for marriage proposals, but that's not the case for divorce filings. Nationwide, divorce filings surge after the first of January. This December, however, is going to be different for wealthy New Yorkers. This fall, a new law was passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will go into effect on Jan. 25, establishing ...
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  • Can Someone Hide Assets During Divorce?

    || 30-Nov-2015

    On occasion, some married spouses lie about finances during their marriage. While it's not illegal to keep a purchase secrete from a spouse or withhold the details about one's earnings from a husband or wife – that changes when you get a divorce. In fact, when couples get a divorce each spouse must be open and honest about their finances, including their income, assets and debts ...
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  • What is a No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania?

    || 24-Nov-2015

    If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Pennsylvania, you'll have to decide if you're going to file on fault grounds or no-fault grounds. With a "no-fault" divorce, you're not required to blame your spouse for the breakdown of the marriage, for example, you don't have to claim that they cheated or abused you. Instead, you're stating that you wish to get a ...
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  • PA Divorces Need Shorter Waiting Period

    || 16-Nov-2015

    Even the friendlier divorces can be painful and exhausting, and they can affect you physically. From sleepless nights, to anxiety, grief, and everything in between, divorce isn't for the faint at heart. Further adding to the trauma, Pennsylvania divorces take longer than many other states. Now, the Pennsylvania legislature is faced with the possibility of shortening the time that it takes to ...
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  • Why January is Popular for Divorce

    || 9-Nov-2015

    Now that Thanksgiving is around the corner and we're headed into the busy holiday season, we're approaching January, which many divorce attorneys call "divorce month." The holiday lights may be coming down around New Year's, but that doesn't stop our phones from lighting up like Christmas trees. Divorce law firms are busy after the holidays; the surge begins on ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Taxes After Divorce

    || 2-Nov-2015

    With the holidays quickly approaching, we're reminded that once again it will be time to file our taxes. If you're getting divorced and you think that it'll be final by Dec. 31, then there are a few things that you need to know. Once you're divorced, there are many tax aspects that are going to be different. For example, if you are officially divorced by Dec. 31, the IRS considers ...
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  • Should I Sell the House During My Divorce?

    || 26-Oct-2015

    It doesn't matter how friendly a divorce is, it's still emotionally difficult. Factor in the house during that process, and it only adds to the stress of a failed marriage. Should you sell the house? That depends, and there is no "one size fits all" answer to that question. If you're seriously considering selling – as most couples do – there are things that can be ...
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  • House Bill 380 Would Reduce Divorce Waiting Period in PA

    || 19-Oct-2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania lawmaker believes that Pennsylvania's two-year waiting period for no-fault divorce is too long, and there are many divorce attorneys and Pennsylvania residents that agree. Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is sponsoring legislation that would reduce the waiting period for couples seeking a no-fault divorce. According to Toohil, her proposal, House Bill 380 ...
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  • Check These Items Off Your Divorce Checklist!

    || 12-Oct-2015

    There are few life events that are as overwhelming as going through a divorce. As you're trying to navigate the legal system, sort out your finances, and decide what's going to happen to your children, a few important things can easily slip through the cracks. That's why it's wise to have a divorce checklist. Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them with a divorce ...
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  • How Remarriage Impacts Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 5-Oct-2015

    When couples divorce in Pennsylvania, the court may order that the higher earning spouse pays alimony to their wife or husband, specifically when the lower-earning spouse cannot afford to pay their basic living expenses. What happens when the supported spouse moves in with a new sweetheart, or remarries? These are good questions and whether you are the one paying or receiving alimony, the answers ...
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  • How Can I Get a Custody Order in Pennsylvania?

    || 28-Sep-2015

    If you are a parent who is getting a divorce, you may be wondering about child custody. What are the different types of custody? How do you go about getting a custody order? These are valid questions, especially if you've never been through this before. When the court makes a decision about child custody, it decides who gets legal custody and who gets physical custody. Legal custody refers to ...
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  • How Soon Can I Obtain a Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce?

    || 21-Sep-2015

    If you're like most people, you have no desire to drag out your divorce, especially if you have children together. The longer a divorce takes, the more stress and the more expense. Even if you're feeling angry and bitter towards your spouse you can't ignore one fact: divorce war means more money out of the marital pot, hence less money to you in the divorce settlement. As Pennsylvania ...
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