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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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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Who Will Pay If Junior Wants To Go To Harvard?


A few years ago, a New Jersey teenager made headlines after she sued her estranged parents for college tuition money. The claims were eventually dropped, but the fact that the judge didn’t immediately toss the suit sent shockwaves through the legal world.
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania?


New laws regarding grandparent rights in Pennsylvania give grandparents standing to petition for primary physical custody for a child or partial physical custody (visitation).


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Legal Revenge: Why Some People Still File Fault-Based Divorces


There are no shortage of songs that have topped the charts by urging you to take revenge on a lover that has broken your heart. Carrie Underwood took a Louisville slugger to both headlights and slashed a hole in all 4 tires of her ex’s truck. Blu Cantrell maxed out a cheater’s credit cards. And a heartbroken Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, shot another man dead after finding him in his bed. 

All of those songs are full of terrible advice.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Can couples continue in business relationships after getting divorced?


It wasn’t just an announcement that Reading Pennsylvania divorce attorneys noticed-- it was the divorce heard ‘round the world. 
When the news broke that arguably the richest man in the world was getting divorced, people couldn’t help but speculate how the division of marital property would be handled in such a high-profile divorce case. 

The founder and CEO of Amazon, worth an estimated $137 billion, is reportedly divorcing his wife of 25 years and is in a serious relationship with another woman.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Who Pays Private School Tuition After a Divorce?


When parents divorce, each parent has a duty to support their child financially, even though the parents are no longer married, or the child may not live with the parent on a full-time basis. The amount of child support depends on several factors. Pennsylvania has specific child support guidelines that determine the child support obligations of each parent.

Child support obligations may include extraordinary expenses in addition to the base support amount, including money for private school tuition. Our Read more . . .


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