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April 2017 Archives

Lottery winnings could soon be taken to pay child support arrears

A bill was recently passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would allow the state to take lottery winnings from those who owe certain debts. According to a recent report, this applies to those parents who are behind on making their child support payments. While there are other enforcement options already in place, this will -- if passed -- just add to the options available for custodial parents to collect the money owed them.

What does earning capacity have to do with property division?

Those in Pennsylvania who are going through the divorce process simply want to leave their marriages with their fair share of assets, which is a reasonable desire. The definition of fair in such cases, though, is different for everybody. For example, if you are the spouse with a higher earning capacity, you may be granted less in your property division settlement. Is that reasonable? The court and your soon-to-be ex may think so.

Collaboration may offer you a better way to divorce

Divorce is a difficult process for every member of the family. Even when two parties are amicable and willing to work together on a divorce order, it can still be complicated and disputes can still arise. The traditional divorce process may not be appealing to you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse, but there may be a better, more peaceful way to get through this process.

Pennsylvania child custody basics

State laws regarding child custody matters are always evolving. While changes are generally made for a good cause, it can also make things confusing for those who are trying to understand how the system works. This week's column will give a brief overview of the current child custody laws in Pennsylvania.

How to collect child support from a parent living out of state

Relocation for employment or other personal needs is a part of life for a lot of people. While that may be so, when a noncustodial parent moves out of state, it can make collecting child support a bit of a challenge. However, enforcement options are available to assist custodial parents in Pennsylvania in obtaining the ordered support.

The high asset divorce of Mark and Alison Pincus

Not too many people in Pennsylvania or elsewhere will reach the status of billionaire in this life. Those who do need to take certain steps to protect their assets in the event of divorce. A high asset divorce is not something that will be easily or quickly settled, especially if one spouse questions the terms of a prenuptial agreement.

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