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Category Archives: Divorce

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 »

What Happens if Parents with Joint Custody Live in Different School Districts?

Pennsylvania family courts follow the public policy that it is in children’s best interests to have both parents involved in their upbringing. As a result, joint physical custody arrangements are very common. While cooperation is the ideal, there may be complications. For example, what happens when the parents live in different school districts and can’t… Read More »

What Types of Counseling May Be Part of a Family Law Case?

Mental health counseling is a frequent topic of conversation in family court and in the offices of family law attorneys. That’s certainly no surprise. After all, families involved in the legal system usually experience a great deal of stress, whether the issue is divorce, child custody, domestic violence or another matter. It can all take… Read More »

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic… Read More »

Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation… Read More »

How Your Credit Score May Be Impacted by Divorce

While simply filing for divorce won’t have a direct impact on your credit rating, joint credit accounts, such as those for mortgages or credit cards, will if those accounts remain in effect. It’s important to keep in mind that credit is reported for each person whose name appears on an account. So if you are… Read More »

Which Type of Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce is Right for You?

Couples often go through many agonizing and drawn-out conversations before officially deciding to divorce. Some spend a significant amount of time apart while remaining married until they are ready to end their partnership legally. When the time comes, Pennsylvania’s no-fault divorce statute can be especially helpful. In a no-fault divorce, neither spouse has to allege… Read More »

What Is the Separation Period in Pennsylvania for a Nonconsensual Divorce?

The divorce process is made logistically simpler when both parties consent to it. But what happens if one of the parties does not respond to the divorce notice, cannot be found or simply does not provide consent? In October 2016, the state of Pennsylvania passed a law that reduced the length of time a person… Read More »

What Is a No-Fault Divorce?

Many new clients at our family law firm have heard divorce referred to in different legal terms but are a bit unsure of their meaning. One such term is “no-fault divorce,” which clients sometimes confuse with “uncontested divorce.” No-fault divorce still requires the parties to reach consensus on important issues but eliminates the first point… Read More »