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How to feel optimistic even during divorce

Divorce is an emotional time, and you might feel as though you will never be happy again. You may think that this roller coaster ride will never end, but it will. You might be surprised at how optimistic you might feel about your future once all of the divorce proceedings are over, the kids have settled into their new routines and you aren't fighting quite as much with your ex as you are right now.

Can divorced parents sue each other over child-rearing?

When it comes to child-rearing, can one divorced parent sue the other if they can't agree? The answer is yes. This actually happens quite frequently. For example, judges in family courts decide where children whose parents have divorced will go to school, receive health care or even take music lessons.

Do most couples need a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document between two soon-to-be spouses that can specify asset distribution, alimony and other important matters in the event the couple divorces later on. Prenups are becoming more common. In fact, a survey published in 2013 of 1,600 attorneys that were members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers showed that 63 percent of the attorneys had seen an uptick in the number of prenuptial agreements in the three years prior.

Are divorced parents obligated to pay for college?

While it comes as little surprise that many non-custodial parents must continue to pay child support while their child is in college, it could come as more a shock that divorced Pennsylvania parents may both be required to pay for college. In a recent case that has made headlines across the country, a 19-year-old is suing her parents for college expenses while she attends Temple University.

Woman denied divorce over lack of evidence of marriage

A very strange case in Pennsylvania has left one woman without the ability to get divorced, even though she wants to, because there is not enough evidence that she and the man whom she called her husband were married. They had never gone through an official wedding ceremony, instead deciding to use a common law marriage. While this is not something that Pennsylvania recognizes any longer, she alleges that it was done before that change to the laws in 2005.

Dealing with money issues after a divorce

According to an article at psychcentral.com, the top predictor that a divorce is in a couple's future is money arguments. While there is no way to determine exactly how many divorces end because of fights over money, it is certainly one argument that most married couples have had a time or two. However, those money woes don't just disappear after a divorce.

Same-sex divorce just as important as same-sex marriage

We hear a lot from family law advocates throughout the nation about the value of same-sex marriage. However, little attention has been paid to same-sex divorce, which is causing a snarl of legal problems in courts throughout the nation. Couples in Pennsylvania are now rushing to the courthouse to get married -- thanks to the reversal of the ban on same-sex marriage -- but they are also rushing to the courthouse to seek divorces.

Make it absolutely clear who owns student loan debt with a prenup

It is no surprise that more and more students are graduating from college with considerable student loan debt. The news has been filled with talk of young people being overwhelmed by debt that some may never be able to pay off. That has not stopped some young people in Pittsburgh from nearly doubling their debt by getting married. Though it is not exactly fair to say that they have doubled their debt by taking on a spouse's student loan debt, as they now have approximately double the income, it can still be a scarey prospect.

Pennsylvania same-sex couples struggle without legal divorce

Most Pennsylvania residents know that same-sex couples are not permitted to marry in the state -- but did you know that same-sex divorce is also illegal? This facet of state law can make child custody, property division and other family law issues a nightmare for same-sex couples who wish to dissolve their union. Advocates for same-sex rights say that the ability to divorce is nearly as important as the right to legally wed.

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