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!

Here's a clipping from the front page of the St.

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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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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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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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