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Do Parents Paying Child Support Have to Pay for Braces and Other Noncovered Medical Expenses?

In Pennsylvania, parents who pay child support share the responsibility of paying medical expenses for their children that insurance doesn’t cover. According to the specific provisions in a divorce decree or child support order, they may be responsible for paying for unreimbursed or uninsured dental, vision and medical costs. However, if neither document addresses these… Read More »

When Does a Child’s Preference Matter in Determining Custody?

Deciding where children will live and with whom can be one of the most difficult issues in a divorce, for everyone involved. A judge will make the initial decision regarding both legal custody (the authority to make important decisions about the child’s welfare) and physical custody (which determines where the child will actually live and… 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 »

Is an Inheritance Considered Marital Property in Pennsylvania?

If you’ve received an inheritance, it may seem natural to want to share it with those you love. However, if you live in Pennsylvania and are considering divorce, there are certain steps you should take to ensure your inheritance isn’t considered part of the marital estate. Pennsylvania law makes a clear distinction between nonmarital and… Read More »

Pennsylvania Child Support Calculations May Change Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has wide-ranging implications, including how it may affect the calculation of child support payments. The TCJA became law in 2017, and it leaves payors and recipients facing no tax consequences for legally mandated child support payments. They are also not required to declare support on their tax forms…. Read More »

Couples Handle Financial Matters on Their Terms with Prenuptial Agreements

When a marriage ends, what happens to the assets, property and debts the parties shared can get complicated. Having an agreement about these arrangements already in place can make the divorce process much less stressful. That’s where a prenuptial agreement comes in. A prenuptial agreement is a private contract that a couple executes before marriage… Read More »

Will the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Your Alimony?

People who are new to paying alimony will no longer be able to deduct their payments when they file their federal income taxes, thanks to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law in 2017. This also means that those who receive alimony no longer have to report it as taxable income…. 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 »

Do Divorced Parents in Pennsylvania Have to Pay Child Support for College Tuition?

Over the years, college students across the United States have sued their parents to pay for their school tuition and other expenses – sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully. But can a Pennsylvania court order divorced parents to cover their child’s college costs? The short answer is no, unless an agreement is made to the contrary,… Read More »

New Laws Help Parents of Opioid-Addicted Adults Care for Grandchildren

The opioid crisis has impacted countless families in Pennsylvania. Many adults seeking recovery from addiction have children in their care, and new legislation is lending a hand to grandparents who want to step in and help. Pennsylvania estimates that about 82,000 grandparents have taken on sole caregiver duties for 89,000 grandchildren, saving the state more… Read More »