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Category Archives: Divorce

Special Issues Arising in Gray Divorce

While the divorce process is the same regardless of age, there are unique challenges and issues that are faced by couples who divorce later in life. A breakup involving spouses older than 50 is sometimes dubbed “gray divorce.” Longer life expectancies and a growing acceptance of the normality of divorce are two contributors to the… Read More »

Assets That Need Special Attention During Equitable Distribution

Some divorcing couples have relatively straightforward assets that are reasonably simple to distribute among the parties: one house, a vehicle or two, and some bank accounts, for example. Other Pennsylvania couples own assets that are harder to value and divide. In those situations, assessing the value of the property can require more time and attention…. Read More »

Unique Challenges in High Net Worth Divorces

Money can buy a lot of things, but unfortunately it can’t buy marital bliss. When an affluent couple divorces, the complexity of the marriage dissolution process can be much greater than normal because of the extensive assets involved. Property division is an essential part of a high asset divorce. Both spouses have become accustomed to… Read More »

What Happens if a Spouse Dies During Divorce?

As with any litigation, a divorce case may outlive one of the parties involved. A spouse may die due to illness, an accident or natural causes while the divorce case is pending. The death — coupled with uncertainty over the parties’ marital status — can have a profound effect on the property rights of the… Read More »

Immigration and Marriage: How Does Divorce Impact the Affidavit of Support?

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident can bring their spouse or fiancé into the United States and sponsor him or her to become a lawful permanent resident. As part of the immigration process, the sponsor must sign an affidavit of support — a contractual assurance that the foreign spouse will not end up requiring welfare… Read More »

Are You Responsible for Your Spouse’s Student Loan Payments After Divorce?

Pennsylvanians are carrying approximately $68 billion in student loan debt, among the highest burdens of any state. The average student graduates more than $39,000 in debt, which can follow them well into adult life. But what happens to that debt when a married former student gets divorced? Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution rules call for most of… Read More »

Is Recording a Conversation with Your Spouse Considered Illegal Wiretapping in Pennsylvania?

Divorces, custody battles and support disputes can turn ordinary people into detectives, feeling the need to “get the dirt” on their spouse or ex-spouse to strengthen their own case. They may do it using technology, like smartphones, that make it easy to record conversations. Then, they bring the recordings to their lawyer claiming they have… Read More »

What If One Spouse Wants to Keep the Marital Home Rather Than Sell it in a Divorce?

Among the most common disputes in a divorce is what happens to the family home. Sometimes, both parties just want to sell it, split the proceeds and move on. However, there may be economic reasons for not selling at that time. In other cases, one spouse or the other may want to remain in the… Read More »

How Pennsylvania Courts Decide Requests to Relocate With Children

  After a divorce, changes in circumstances may lead the parent with primary child custody to seek to move out of town or even out of state. In Pennsylvania, court approval is required for any proposed change in residence that would significantly limit the non-relocating parent’s ability to exercise custodial rights. Relocation requests are often… Read More »

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… Read More »