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October 2018 Archives

Child custody: Couple seeks divorce but lives together

Couples in Pennsylvania and all across the country have chosen to attempt a living arranging called bird nesting during and after a divorce. The trend is often appealing to parents who believe they can amicably co-parent following a divorce. When couples decide to bird nest, the family home continues to be shared for a period of time following a divorce to allow children to have a consistent home and be the least disrupted by a divorce. Couples execute the concept of bird nesting in different ways, including reality television housewife Gina Kirschenheiter of the "Real Housewives of Orange County."

Child custody: Expert offers advice on how to help children cope

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when contemplating divorce. Individuals often worry about finances, living circumstances and the well-being of their children. Parents in Pennsylvania may be interested in Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg's book, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings." Several principles may help parents assist their children through expected changes that come with divorce and child custody.

Tax laws can affect propery division negotiations

Following the announcement of the tax law changes that will apply to divorces in 2019 and afterwards, experts expected a rush of couples to process their divorces to take advantage of existing laws. Starting on Jan. 1, 2019, alimony will no longer be tax deductible for the payer and no longer reportable as income by the payee. This led experts to believe that individuals would rush divorces to process in 2018 to avoid negotiations under the new laws. Surprisingly, some attorneys in Pennsylvania and across the country are not seeing an increase in divorce cases. Whether divorces occur in 2018 or 2019, property division is still a difficult part of the process.

How could your divorce affect your children?

One of the primary concerns Pennsylvania parents have when a marriage ends is how divorce will affect their children. Even as they go through their own emotional upheaval, many couples will work diligently to make sure that a divorce doesn't negatively impact their children.

Property division: Fairy Tale couple may be headed for divorce

Some Pennsylvania couples appear to share a fairy tale kind of life and love. Unfortunately, some fairy tale marriages end up facing difficult and complicated negotiations for divorce, child support, custody, spousal support and property division. One couple shared such a romantic fairy tale type of love that it became a popular movie, but their marriage may be struggling.

Dad accused of not paying $4.2 million in child support

Raising a child is a unique and incredible experience, and many individuals yearn for the opportunity to be a part of the journey. Some individuals are left to raise children alone without the help of another parent. Pennsylvania family law attorneys understand the laws and legal means that are available to help secure child support from another parent. In addition, attorneys are able to assist parents who are ordered to make payments if life circumstances and income resources change over the years. It is currently a mystery to why one father has not paid his child support, but he has become a wanted deadbeat dad.

Property division: Do millennials divorce less?

Lawyers in Pennsylvania and across the country are reporting a reduction in the divorce rate. According to statistics, the divorce rate may have lowered as much as 18 percent in the last ten years. When other factors that could inflate the rate are eliminated, the rate is still believed to be as much as eight percent. Although there has been a decrease in divorce, many attorneys report there is an increase in requests for prenuptial agreements, which can assist couples with property division if a divorce occurs.

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