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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

4 Tax Tips For Divorcing Couples

Benjamin Franklin once quipped that “...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We’ve previously written about the Read more . . .

Friday, March 13, 2020

A Piece Of Advice On Rekindling Romance

Whether the person doling out wisdom is Abby, Prudence, or Read more . . .

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Lesson On When to Call It Quits From Teresa & Joe Giudice Of RHONJ Fame

In late 2019, People magazine reported that Teresa and Joe Giudice are separating. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have endured a lot over their 20-year marriage, so why split up now? It’s a question only they can answer — just like it is a question only you can answer when it comes to your marriage. Nobody but you can decide when it is time to Read more . . .

Friday, February 14, 2020

Top Tips for Business Owners Contemplating Divorce

Are you into podcasts? The on-demand digital lectures are growing in popularity. People enjoy being entertained or educated while they commute, clean the house, or do other tasks. Cell phones and smart speakers make listening easy, and you can’t beat the price — free.

One of the most popular podcasts out there is a show called Read more . . .

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Financial Deception Is Driving Millennial Divorces

Q: What impact do finances have on divorce rates?

Is my spouse or significant other hiding something? That’s a question many people considering a divorce in Pennsylvania may be asking themselves. But while some would interpret the question as applying to infidelity, Love and Money survey by TD Bank suggests another kind of secret is behind the break-ups of many millennials.

Apparently, one-third of the people surveyed would consider a break-up if their partner kept a financial secret.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Divorce and Updating Your Estate Plan

Q: Should I update my estate plan during my divorce?

It’s a common scenario that most married couples, especially those with children, will have an estate plan drafted at some point during their marriage. What they may lose sight of in the turmoil that can accompany getting divorced in Pennsylvania is how important reviewing and updating their estate plan is – ideally as soon as possible after filing for divorce.

State laws differ and most states have provisions that completely or partially terminate a spouse’s right to inherit from and/or act as a fiduciary for their soon-to-ex-spouse.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Marital Agreements and Sham Agreements

Q: What happens to a marital agreement if the marriage is invalid?

Most people would not be shocked to hear that a prenuptial agreement was entered into between a wealthy young heiress and her high-profile hairdresser husband-to-be. There would be no surprises that the father of the bride would want to protect his and his daughter’s financial legacy in the event of a future break up. After all, this is how prenuptial agreements have been played out in Hollywood for decades.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Santa Clause: The Christmas Classic About a Family Law Dispute

Disputes over the fairness of child custody agreements are more common during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. Perhaps the greatest indication of this fact is that a classic Christmas movie uses this very scenario as its main plot device.

How Does The Santa Clause Relate to Family Law?

In The Santa Clause, Tim Allen plays a man who is frustrated to learn that his ex-wife and her new partner have told their son there is no Santa Claus.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Domestic Violence and Divorce

71 were shot
30 were stabbed
10 were beaten 
5 were strangled 
6 were killed in some other way

In total, 122 Pennsylvania victims of domestic violence died last year. 68% were killed by a former or current intimate partner. 

It is easy to think “this will never happen to me” or “ what is happening to me is not that serious,” but the truth is 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

“Few People Are Normal, Deep Down In Their Private Lives.”

Did you manage to snag tickets to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival this summer? In addition to doing Antony & Cleopatra and Henry IV, Part 1, the company also put on Read more . . .

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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