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November 2017 Archives

Court rules in child support case, orders man to pay big

There are currently Pennsylvania parents fighting over post-divorce financial provision of their children. Some situations are more acrimonious than others. Such problems are not isolated to this state, however, as made evident by a recent court ruling in another that resulted in a man being ordered to pay $40,000 in back child support.

Dean McDermott accused of dodging child support

Pennsylvania social network fans of Tori Spelling may be familiar with recent posts the superstar shared, featuring personal clothing items for sale online. Some say the situation may be related to issues Dean McDermott, Spelling's husband, is facing regarding allegedly owed child support. Some Spelling fans took to her defense on social media, saying anyone can sell anything they want, famous or not.

Which estate planning documents will help you meet your goals?

You've been thinking about the future and the idea that life is short, even for those who are fortunate enough to maintain good health in mind and body. However, after reading several news stories about various music and movie stars who died without ever executing final wills and testaments, you have determined that you do not wish to place your Pennsylvania loved ones in a similar situation when the time comes for you to go. The stress and headaches they may endure if your estate becomes intestate are many.

Understanding the role of debt in property division

When most Pennsylvania residents consider the division of marital wealth, they think about assets such as investments and real estate. It's important to understand that property division encompasses not only assets, but also debt. Failing to properly consider how debt can impact the property division process can yield unfavorable outcomes for certain spouses.

Common law marriage and property division

Not all states recognize common law marriage, and many that once accepted the practice will now only recognize those unions that began many years ago. For Pennsylvania couples who choose to live together in a committed relationship outside of marriage, a number of legal issues can arise when that relationship ends. An example is found in a recent case in which a man and woman struggled over matters of property division and alimony based on a common law marriage.

Understanding fathers' rights in cases involving addiction

Many Pennsylvania fathers believe that they will come out on top in a custody battle against a spouse with a drug or alcohol problem. In reality, however, courts take a very conservative approach when it comes to limiting a parent's access to his or her child. It's important to understand how fathers' rights play out in a child custody case involving addiction.

Knowing when to divorce and consider fathers' rights

For many Pennsylvania men, knowing when to pull the plug on a relationship is a difficult matter. No one wants to give up on a marriage, especially when there is any chance of improving the relationship. That said, there are situations in which divorce may be the best path forward. Men can benefit from understanding when it may be better to simply move on and focus on fathers' rights.

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