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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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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, 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, February 28, 2019

How Will Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Spilt Up Their Fortune?


You have probably heard the news that Jeff Bezos, the man who founded Amazon, and his wife MacKenzie are getting a divorce. If you missed the initial announcement, which was made via Twitter, you probably learned about the marital life of the world’s richest couple when Jeff got into a Read more . . .


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Too Poor To Divorce? Not With My Help


A recent study of Philadelphia County divorce cases by Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab is drawing attention to something those of us in the legal world have known for years —
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Is there life after a divorce?


If you are considering getting divorced in Pennsylvania, you might be so preoccupied with your current situation--or getting out of it--that you may not be able to focus on what life would be like after divorce.


While divorces are as unique as the couple seeking them, all couples getting divorced have to deal with the division of marital property. In Pennsylvania, marital property is divided according to Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution laws which seek to divide marital property fairly but not necessarily equally.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Splitting Up Together: Good TV, Bad Advice


Have you watched the new comedy Splitting Up Together? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. As someone who practices family law, I find the show both hilarious and horrifying.

According to the

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Divorce, Custody, and Domestic Violence: Using The Law To Protect Victims

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people a minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Emotional abuse is even more common. As a family law attorney, I work with a victim of some sort of abuse at least once a week.

It’s incredibly frustrating that abuse is so common, but it is wonderful to know that I am able to use the legal system to help my clients escape the situation they are in. I frequently help clients who are going through a divorce or battling over child custody get Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders.


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