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Author Archives: Jennifer Courtney

Are Lawsuit Proceeds Considered Marital Property in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

Property division can be one of the most contentious aspects in a divorce, with controversy often centering on the identity of assets as marital or separate in ownership. One type of asset that can be disputed is an award or settlement received by either spouse in a personal injury lawsuit. Whether or not lawsuit proceeds… Read More »

How Spousal Support Differs from Alimony in Pennsylvania

When you’re going through a divorce, you’ll be exposed to an array of legal terms and phrases, some of which have specialized meanings that may differ from your common understanding. As an instance of possible confusion, alimony and spousal support are not the same thing under Pennsylvania law. Alimony is paid by one spouse after… Read More »

Deciding Who Gets the Family Pets After a Divorce

For many people, pets are like part of the family. However, they are not treated that way in a divorce. The law in Pennsylvania, as in most states, doesn’t provide for awarding pet custody or visitation. Pets are considered personal property subject to equitable distribution. That means a judge will grant ownership of the animal… Read More »

How a Divorce May Affect Your Credit Score

A divorce doesn’t have an automatic or direct impact on your credit score. It won’t appear on your credit report, and no debts or judgments between you and your spouse will be listed either. However, divorce involves property division, which is likely to mean changes to your score. This is especially true if one spouse… Read More »

The Importance of Estate Planning After Your Divorce

Estate planning may not be high on your list of priorities as you go through a divorce and its aftermath. However, divorce alters personal and legal relationships in ways that can affect how you wish your property to be treated in the event of your disability or death. It’s critical to review and update your… Read More »

Who Claims the Dependency Exemptions for the Children After a Divorce?

One of the financial issues surrounding a divorce or legal separation concerns which of the parents gets to claim the children as dependents for tax purposes. While recent changes to federal law have eliminated the dollar value of the dependency exemption, it is still necessary to claim the exemption in order to qualify for other… Read More »

Special Issues Facing Pennsylvania Couples in High-Net-Worth Divorces

Divorces between wealthy Pennsylvania couples may develop into complicated and lengthy proceedings. Spouses with valuable and diverse assets will face issues unlike those that arise in a typical divorce, chiefly concerning the identification and valuation of property for purposes of equitable distribution. High-net-worth divorces often involve complex assets, such as multiple real estate interests, pension… Read More »

What to Think About When Filing for Divorce

Making the decision that a divorce is necessary or desirable is not done lightly. It has probably taken you a great deal of time and considerable anguish to get to that point. However, even more decision-making and careful preparation lie ahead. There are basic steps that you should take at the onset of the divorce… Read More »

Filing Taxes When Your Divorce Is Not Yet Final

As if getting divorced weren’t already difficult enough, there is the issue of taxes to think about. The end of your marriage also alters your relationship with the Internal Revenue Service, and this requires careful decision-making. Some of the tax choices can be made on your own, while others will require communicating with you soon-to-be… Read More »

Who Pays for a Child’s Private Schooling and Extracurricular Activities?

When parents get divorced, Pennsylvania law has specific guidelines that judges use to determine how much child support should be paid. But the guidelines are designed only to calculate costs of food, clothing, shelter, health care and other essentials. When extraordinary expenses arise that are outside the scope of basic child-rearing, the court must decide… Read More »