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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Faster Divorce Possible Now in Pennsylvania

Q: How long is the waiting period for a unilateral no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania and when does the period begin?

For couples that want to divorce in Pennsylvania, the good news is that the waiting period for a unilateral no-fault divorce was recently reduced from two years to one year – – so you can move on with your life after divorce a little faster than before.


The key to how fast you can divorce lies in the date of separation of the couple.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

My Teenager Doesn’t Want to Stay With Me Anymore - Can I Force Them To?

After divorcing your former spouse and gaining custody, you’ve probably grown specially attached to your child. It can be devastating, therefore, when your child no longer wants to stay with you and intimates a preference for the other parent. Nothing is as unsettling as hearing your teenager burst out, “I hate you. I do not want to live here. I want to live with [mom/dad/not you].
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

What Can I Do If My Ex Is Bad-Mouthing Me Online During Our Divorce?

The Internet is a fun to place to connect with other people and share with them. However, some people take advantage of this platform to post negative, untrue and hurtful things about others. Sometimes, the person posting this type of content is a soon-to-be former spouse. This can cause hurt feelings, embarrassment and additional stress during an already stressful time. 

If your spouse is bad-mouthing you online, the last thing you want to do is engage in the same behavior.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pennsylvania County Revisits Crackdown on Child Custody for Addicts

Q: Does drug addiction mean automatic loss of child custody?

A Pennsylvania county has taken a ground-breaking approach to handling child custody cases where a custodial parent is abusing or addicted to opioids or other drugs.

Drug addiction and child abuse reporting laws have combined to become a perfect storm for an already overloaded national foster care system in desperate need of more foster parents.

With opioid addiction becoming a national epidemic and states, including Pennsylvania, requiring those who work closely with children to be "mandatory reporters" of any suspected incidents of child abuse-- often within 24 hours of witnessing the suspected abuse incident or evidence-- the traditional knee-jerk reaction of immediately removing children from the substance abusing parent and placing them into foster care may no longer be feasible.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Do I have valid grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania?

No one walks into a marriage expecting to break up afterwards. However, when things get irrecoverably sour, a visit to a divorce lawyer is sometimes inevitable. You may be wondering whether your grounds for divorce are recognized by the state or whether you are legally capable of filing for divorce.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Protecting the Family Business with Pre- and Post- Nuptial Agreements

Q: What happens to the family business when a couple gets divorced?

"It's none of your business" might be one of the more benign phrases a couple might hurl at each other as they navigate the divorce process and its aftermath. And while it may be true with respect to most post-divorce personal matters (like non-cohabitation dating), it is often not the case when the divorcing couple shares a family business.

Failure to plan in advance of a divorce for what will happen to the family business both spouses are involved in in the event of a divorce can leave the divorcing couple with fewer options when the unthinkable does happen.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

What can I do about the debt my spouse is incurring during our separation?

Going through a divorce can be a messy process. Court days and fees for attorneys can take a toll, and the whole process is often emotionally draining for everyone involved. It can be very difficult to unwind the shared assets and finances a couple spent time building up.

Most people are aware that the divorce process is going to include the division of assets and debt in some way.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Moving In With Someone After Divorce Can Terminate Right to Receive Alimony Payments

When does cohabiting jeopardize the ability to continue receiving alimony from an ex-spouse?

It is not uncommon for one or both of the parties to a divorce to seek new companionship afterwards. But for recipients of alimony who decide to cohabit with a lover after the marriage has been dissolved, there may be an unhappy surprise. Under Pennsylvania law, their alimony rights may be terminated.

A Pennsylvania Statute Makes Some Cohabitation a Bar to Receiving Alimony

The relevant Pennsylvania statute states that, after divorce, cohabiting with a person of the opposite sex who is not a family member is a bar to receiving alimony. Because the purpose of alimony is to provide support for an ex-spouse, cohabiting and sharing living expenses can undermine its rationale.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What are the most common mistakes people make on social media during divorce?

These days, so much of our lives are lived online through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter. We share the good, the bad and the ugly with the simple push of a button, often without thought to what the fallout might be. When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of psychological and emotional factors that lead us to post certain things, like how we really feel about our ex, to how fast we’ve moved on and are enjoying life. Unfortunately, one ill-advised post can seriously affect your divorce. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make during their divorce.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Separation Period Prior to Divorce Now Cut in Half in Pennsylvania

In a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce, how long must the parties remain separated before receiving a divorce?

For couples seeking a divorce in Pennsylvania, the process just became a bit easier: the separation period prior to the granting of a divorce has been reduced from two years to one.

Pennsylvania offers two types of no-fault divorce. One of these, divorce by mutual consent, has always been relatively speedy. If both parties agree and complete all the paperwork, the marriage may be able to be dissolved in as little as ninety days.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

We need to find ways to support adoption

What are the most common issues facing individuals and families during the adoption process?

Any parents fortunate enough to have met his or her child through adoption knows what a gift that child is. And likely, they also know the headaches involved in the process. If you are thinking about adopting, you may have a lot of questions and anxiety around what happens next. We hope this article will answer some of those questions and help alleviate some of the anxiety you may be feeling.

November was National Adoption month.
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