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Monday, October 14, 2019

Benefits of a Postnuptial Agreement


Q: Why would couples consider a postnuptial agreement?

Most people have heard of the prenuptial agreement because they are often referred to stereotypically in motion pictures as being needed before the marriage of a wealthy, old man and a pretty, younger “gold digger”. 

In the real world, Reading marital agreement attorneys use prenuptial agreements in any situation—and often in second marriageswhere a couple wants to decide before they are married what property will remain separate and what property will become marital property in the event the marriage fails.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Divorcing When Happily Married


Q: What is a “medical divorce”?

Reading, Pennsylvania divorce attorneys expect clients who come to them wanting a divorce to be ready-- and even eager-- to untie the knot. Common reasons people get divorced are standard “irretrievably broken or irreconcilable differences” factors including infidelity, addiction, domestic abuse, different spending habits or parenting styles, or just growing apart. But sometimes couples who are very much in love and who both want to remain together find themselves seeking a divorce. 

Why would a happily married couple get divorced?

To avoid financial ruin. Such is the reason for the phenomenon known as “medical divorce”.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

When Revenge Comes Back To Bite You


Hey ladies
When your man wanna get buck-wild
Just go back and hit 'em up style
Put your hands on his cash and spend it to the last dime
For all the hard times

-“Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” by Blu Cantrel 


In the early 2000s, the R&B artist Blu Cantrell topped the charts with this catchy tune that still makes me cringe every time I hear it. 

It is the revenge song to end all revenge songs. The singer catches her man cheating, so she goes on a shopping spree, destroys his personal items, and then sells everything else “till there was just nothin' left.” She then brags that she paid all the bills late, and implies that she took or sold his car and home. 

If Ms.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

'Tis the Season to Divorce


It’s time for back-to-school shopping, pumpkin spice lattes... and divorcing.Read more . . .


Monday, August 19, 2019

Calculating Spousal Support: The Most Complicated Math Problem Of Your Life


We all learn 2+2=4 and y=mx+b, but none of the math you learned in school will prepare you for the number crunching that comes with divorce. Legal math is unlike any other math you will ever encounter.

There is a lot of wiggle room in legal math, especially in the family law context.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Splitting Up a Pension in a Divorce


Q: What Happens to Their Pensions When a Couple Gets Divorced?

Reading, Pennsylvania divorce attorneys pay special attention to pensions when counseling their clients on dividing marital property. If a pension or retirement account must be divided, it is done by a court order known as a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, which happens at the time of the divorce rather than at the time of retirement.

With twenty percent of marriages ending within the first 5 years and one-third ending within 10 years, splitting pensions in the future may not be as common in divorce cases as it is today.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump’s Tax Law Changes Pennsylvania’s Spousal Support System


President Trump knows a thing or two about divorce and alimony. First Lady Melania is his third wife, and he had to pay a significant chunk of change to his previous wives when they split up. We would wager he has some pretty strong opinions on this area of the law. 

It is interesting that the tax bill he championed in late 2017 has had a significant impact on the way spousal support (aka alimony) is calculated and taxed. Our firm has been helping Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Teenagers, Tweenagers, and Child Custody Changes


The tweenage and teenage years are — without a doubt — the most difficult years a parent faces. Your child develops their own identity and their own opinions, and often wants to spend more time with friends or participating in extracurricular activities than they do with family. It is generally a frustrating and emotionally fraught time for everyone involved. 

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Couple’s Focus May Help or Doom Their Marriage


Do child-centered marriages more often end in divorce?

Helicopter parents take note: Child-centered marriages may be more likely to end in divorce than couple-focused marriages.

Ever since the baby boomer crowd decided that their children would have everything in life that they never had, their kids and those of subsequent generations have largely been raised in families where parents focused on their children’s wants and needs rather than on themselves as a couple. And the results have negatively impacted their marriages, their children, and society.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Divorce and the Marital Home


What happens to the marital home in a divorce?

Thirty years ago, there was a movie called War of the Roses. It starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a married couple who, in the process of a vicious divorce, tried nearly everything to get each other to leave the marital home. At one point, they even divided the marital home in half—literally--using duct tape down the middle. Happily, that isn’t the norm then or now. There are more civilized options generally taken for Read more . . .


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Five Great Strategies for Handling Conflict During Your Divorce


The decision to end a marriage can bring to the surface a variety of emotions that a person may not have been expecting. As spouses are dealing with unwanted and difficult emotions, they are also dealing with numerous changes and adjustments, such as their living arrangements, financial situation, time with their child, and property division issues. It is understandable that couples often experience conflict during divorce.

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