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Blog Posts in 2018

  • Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in Pennsylvania?

    || 31-Dec-2018

    In all states, there is a common misconception that parents have about divorce and child custody. They often think that when a child reaches the age of 12, 13, or 14 (depending on the state), that their child has the power to choose which parent to live with. As a general rule, this is not the case. As a standard rule, family court judges are interested in hearing about a child’s preference ...
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  • Can Child Support Arrears Impact International Travel?

    || 24-Dec-2018

    When it comes to things getting in the way of travelling abroad, people tend to think about tax debt, being on probation or parole, and having pending criminal charges – those types of issues. But past-due child support ? That’s usually the furthest from people’s minds. If you’re headed toward a Pennsylvania divorce and you have minor children with your spouse, it’s ...
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  • What Happens to Property in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

    || 17-Dec-2018

    In the United States, there are two methods of dividing marital property in a divorce : community property and equitable distribution. Pennsylvania, like most states, follows the equitable distribution model. Divorcing spouses know that divorce affects their assets, but they don’t always know exactly how or to what extent. Cash in bank accounts, real estate, automobiles, life insurance, ...
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  • Will Cheating Ruin My No-Fault Divorce?

    || 10-Dec-2018

    Did your spouse cheat on you? Or, are you the one who cheated? Either way, you may be wondering if you can still seek a no-fault divorce despite the fact that one of you did something wrong and hurt the other. In Pennsylvania, spouses can seek a fault or a no-fault divorce. While people certainly can seek a fault-based divorce on the ground of adultery, it’s actually a lot less popular. For ...
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  • Tips for Negotiating a Divorce Settlement

    || 3-Dec-2018

    As a divorce firm that focuses on no-fault divorces, we work with spouses who have put their differences aside and agreed to negotiate a divorce settlement. Some of these couples already know what they want before they come to our firm, while others need some help in the negotiations department. If you’re planning on seeking a cheap, no-fault divorce, we commend you for working toward a ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Pennsylvania?

    || 26-Nov-2018

    Each state has established its own laws in regards to child support. Like other states, Pennsylvania law requires that both parents financially support their children, even after they are divorced. In Pennsylvania, parents have to support their children until they are 18. However, if a child does not graduate high school until they are 19, the non-custodial parent may have to pay child support ...
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  • Reinventing Yourself After Divorce

    || 19-Nov-2018

    Divorce has this way of giving unhappy spouses a fresh start. While the first six or 12 months may be hard, it’s also a time for quiet reflection and for many, it’s a time for reinvention. Not that people aren’t happy about who they are, but sometimes after they’ve been in an unhappy marriage, they’ve neglected to take care of themselves. They’ve spent so much ...
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  • Tips for Dating During a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 12-Nov-2018

    When it comes to dating and divorce, our clients are broken down into two categories: 1) those who want to wait until after the divorce is final, and 2) those who can’t wait to jump back into the dating game. Ideally, everybody would fall into the first group but we’d be foolish to ignore the fact that a lot of people want to start dating shortly after the one-year separation starts ...
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  • 6 Tips for a Great Divorce

    || 5-Nov-2018

    For some couples, they know their divorce is going to get ugly. But that’s not everybody. For others, the breakup is a sad, grief-filled event filled with genuine loss and lots of good memories. If this is how you feel and if you are two people who simply aren’t meant to be married anymore but are trying to treat each other decently, here are 6 tips for achieving a great divorce: 1. ...
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  • What is Medical Support in Pennsylvania?

    || 30-Oct-2018

    Are you getting a divorce in Pennsylvania? If your case will include child support or spousal support then it will also include medical support. But what is medical support? Medical support is health insurance and unreimbursed medical expenses for children or a spouse and it cannot be avoided because the federal government requires that all support orders include it. What is counted as a medical ...
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  • Can Mental Illness Impact a PA Divorce?

    || 23-Oct-2018

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 19.1% of adults in the United States had an anxiety disorder in the previous year and an “estimated 3.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.” In light of the above findings, it’s not uncommon for unhappy couples on the brink of divorce to have a mental health issue ...
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  • How Can I Achieve a No-Fault Divorce in PA?

    || 16-Oct-2018

    Some states are no-fault divorce states, while others like Pennsylvania are “mixed states.” Meaning, a spouse can file for divorce on fault-based grounds or no-fault grounds. Is one better than the other? In our opinion a no-fault divorce is the way to go, even if one spouse’s marital misconduct, such as infidelity or being a bad spouse was the root cause of the breakdown of the ...
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  • Enforcing Spousal Support Orders After Divorce

    || 9-Oct-2018

    If you’re heading into a Pennsylvania divorce and you expect to either pay or receive spousal support, you will be interested in learning how the state enforces spousal support orders if a spouse falls behind on their payments. As of July 1, 1990, all cases involving spousal support or child support automatically involve a wage attachment order, a court order that directs the obligor’s ...
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  • How Do I Protect My Assets in a PA Divorce?

    || 2-Oct-2018

    When people decide to divorce, they’re usually concerned about what will happen to their assets. They want to know the fate of their bank accounts, retirement accounts, real estate, investments, and sometimes family-owned businesses. Most clients have a general idea that divorce will touch on all of these things but they don’t know to what extent. Will everything be divided down the ...
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  • Secrets to Achieving a Good Divorce

    || 24-Sep-2018

    If you recently decided to get a divorce, you’ve made a huge decision and it’s not to be taken lightly. Now, you have to decide what type of divorce you want to have. Do you want to file a fault-based divorce, which will be stressful and consume a lot of your mental energy? Or, do you want to have an amicable, no-fault divorce? One that is friendly and involves mutual respect. One that ...
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