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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!

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Dividing Up Retirement Benefits Is Not an Easy Task

Gone are the days when most families in the Reading area were supported by a single earner who worked for one company his entire life then retired on a comfortable pension. Our current reality is one where both partners work, both of them switch jobs or even careers a couple of times, and their retirement accounts are at least partially self-funded. This shift has had an enormous impact on society and divorce law.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Children Have a Say In Many Child Custody Cases

Under Pennsylvania law, Family Court judges are instructed to consider a long list of factors when making decisions about child custody. One of those factors is the opinion of the child. The Pennsylvania Bar Association has produced an excellent video that outlines what happens when the court seeks the opinion of a child.
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Friday, October 23, 2020

Couple Records Co-Parenting Podcast After Messy Divorce

Their divorce involved alleged death threats, led to the downfall of a Congressman, and caused a media frenzy. Now, Pennsylvania doctors Shannon Edwards and Jesse Sally are recording a podcast on the challenges of Read more . . .

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Are you afraid to get divorced?

Although the great majority of those who marry intend to stay together until death, we all know that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. Sadly, many more couples remain in marriages that are unhappy -- dull, restrictive, lacking in passion, or even abusive. Why does this happen when contacting an experienced, empathic divorce attorney could begin the process of setting them free?

For some, religious beliefs keep them absolutely bound to the partner they wedded, no matter what, but for most, it is some form of fear that keeps them in a sham marriage.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What is my best chance of winning child custody in Pennsylvania?

Divorce is rarely an easy process, particularly when there are children involved since very often child custody is a contentious issue. Nonetheless, with an experienced child custody attorney at your side, you have the best chance of obtaining sole custody of your child after your marriage is over. Gary R.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Don’t Be Taken For A Fool, Recognize You And Your Partner Both Have Romantic Pasts

In a recent letter to the advice columnist Dear Abby, a person going by the name “Taken for a Fool” describes a truly nightmarish situation — his financially and emotionally abusive “wife” is still married to her first husband!

DEAR ABBY: I went through an ugly divorce. My second wife, “Marci,” is a liar, a cheat and a thief.
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Saturday, August 29, 2020

‘Til Medical Divorce Do Us Part

In the traditional wedding vows, couples pledge “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” Due to the rising cost of healthcare, it might be time for us to rethink this list of promises.

Some couples in the Reading, Pennsylvania area have discovered that the best way to love and cherish one another in the face of a serious illness — and all its associated medical costs — is to get a divorce.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Who Gets the Vacation House?

Owning a second home for either personal enjoyment or extra income is becoming increasingly common. The rise of the sharing economy has made it appealing to own a second property in a desirable location, not too far from your primary residence, that you can rent out for extra cash when you are not there to enjoy it.

This set up adds an additional wrinkle when a couple decides to divorce, but Pennsylvania law thankfully provides clear guidance on how to treat second homes during a split.
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