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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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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Who Gets the Dog?

Most people in the Reading area consider their pets a member of the family. They keep us company, comfort us in times of need, and may even protect us from danger. It is therefore shocking to many divorcing couples that Pennsylvania has no laws governing pet custody, or telling judges how they should rule in cases where a divorcing couple’s main point of contention is who should be the primary pet parent going forward.
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Business Owners Face Difficult Decisions During Divorce

Owning a small business is stressful in the best of times. The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has not made things easier. Navigating these challenging times has been difficult for our firm’s business clients, but it has been a real headache for our business clients who are also in the midst of a Read more . . .

Monday, June 22, 2020

COVIDivorces Are On The Rise

If quarantining with your spouse has made you realize that it is time to end your marriage, you are not alone. Being cooped up with your family is like being trapped in a pressure cooker with no release valve. Nobody can leave the house for an extended period of time, finances are being stressed as the economy craters, and everyone is generally anxious about the virus.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarantines Lead To COVIDivorce

Being quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic has pushed many couples to the breaking point. If you are contemplating divorce, you are not alone. The COVID-19 crisis is forcing all of us to carefully consider how we want to live the rest of our lives.
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Co-Parenting And The Coronavirus

Co-parenting a child with your ex can be difficult even during the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, it has become particularly challenging. Attorney Gary R.
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Monday, April 20, 2020

William Shatner Awarded Horse Seaman In Divorce

You never know what is most important to a couple until that couple splits up. You are then given a peek behind the curtain when the divorce settlement lists specific items both members of the couple obviously valued.

Back in 2013, Stephanie Gonis, the ex-wife of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, was awarded a lock of Bob Dylan’s hair when the couple split.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

40 Years Of Pennsylvania’s Divorce Code

This winter, the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association used its annual meeting to celebrate something special — the 40 year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Divorce Code. It is amazing to compare our state’s current Read more . . .

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 . . .

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