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Blog Posts in December, 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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