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Friday, April 30, 2021

What Are the Different Grounds for Divorce?


In Pennsylvania, there are two types of divorce, fault-based and no-fault. In a no-fault divorce, you and your spouse agree on all key issues that are necessary to resolve in order to dissolve the marriage. In a fault-based divorce, you and your spouse cannot agree on one or more of the essential divorce terms. One such essential term that must be agreed upon is listing the “grounds for divorce.” This refers to the reason you are seeking a divorce.
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Friday, April 30, 2021

Important Considerations Before Signing a Prenup


More and more soon-to-be-married couples find themselves in discussions about prenuptial agreements. There’s no easy answer as to whether signing one of these premarital agreements is a good idea. Everything depends on your individual situation and the terms of the agreement.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Murder Is Not The Best Way To End Your Marriage


A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse after police discovered the body of her estranged husband in her front yard. Friends say the fiery on-again-off-again couple were contemplating divorce. This is a terrifying example of the need to protect yourself if your relationship is headed toward divorce.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Divorce Advice From First Lady Jill Biden


Lady Bird Johnson once quipped, “The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.” Our current First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, is stepping into that role with ease. She advocates for education, military families, and the fight against cancer, and generally supports her husband’s agenda.

In order to raise her profile, she recently sat down with someone who was more directly elected by the American people, former American Idol winner turned talk show host Kelly Clarkson for an interview.


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Seeking Child Support Modifications During The COVID Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for over a year, and people in the Reading, PA area are hurting. Unemployment remains high, and virtual school days mean even parents who still have jobs have seen their productivity plummet as they struggle to keep their kids on a task or entertained. In normal times, significant, lasting changes to one’s earning ability could trigger a change in child support payments.
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Monday, February 22, 2021

Yours, Mine, Or Ours: What Happens To Gifts & Inheritances When A Pennsylvania Couple Divorces?


Most families assume that heirlooms and other valuable assets passed down from generation to generation will stay in the family if the family member that currently owns them gets divorced. However, a bitter breakup could put those assets at risk.

Individuals in the Reading, PA area who are fortunate enough to be gifted or inherit substantial assets must take care to protect those assets in the face of divorce.
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Thursday, January 28, 2021

When Am I Permitted to Evict My Tenant in Pennsylvania?


If you are a landlord in Pennsylvania, it is entirely possible that you will, at some point, find it necessary to evict a tenant. This may occur whether you are an individual renting a single dwelling or the owner of a company that owns several apartment buildings. In either case, you have to know a great deal about real estate law to handle the situation. When potential evictions and other legal matters that may lead to a lawsuit arise, it is crucial that you engage the services of an Read more . . .


Monday, January 25, 2021

My Ex Is an Unfit Parent; What Should I Do?


Suppose you are going through a messy divorce (very few divorces are not messy) and your ex, whom you believe to be an unfit parent, wants joint or sole custody of your children? If you are in this challenging, not to mention terrifying, situation, you are in need of an aggressive family lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and the rights of your children. Gary R. Swavely, lead attorney of The Law Office of Gary R. Swavely, Jr. has Read more . . .


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Pennsylvania Man Who Broke Up With His Girlfriend After Winning The Lottery Must Give Her Half The Cash


If you have ever dreamed of winning the lottery and using the proceeds to make a new life for yourself, you had better be single. A recent court case here in Pennsylvania held that a man who hit the road after hitting the jackpot has to hand over half of his winnings to his on-again, off-again girlfriend.
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Monday, December 21, 2020

Managing Your Social Media Accounts During Your Divorce


In the not-so-distant past, broadcasting your relationship status on Facebook was something every couple did. Making things “Facebook official” was a big deal, and switching your status to “It’s complicated” or “single” got the rumor mill running like nothing else.

While Facebook’s relationship status still exists as a feature on the site, its importance has faded. However, the role social media plays in relationships is more pronounced than ever. Attorney Gary R.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

A Peek Into the Archives Reveals “Women’s Suffrage” As a Cause for Divorce


Living in a swing state during the 2020 election was exhausting. There was no way to escape the political phone calls, mailers, and television and radio ads. But it was also a year of celebration. 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

A peek into the archives reveals it did not take long for women’s suffrage to become an issue in a divorce case, but not for a reason you might expect!

Here's a clipping from the front page of the St.


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