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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 »

Can a Person File for Legal Separation in Pennsylvania?

There is no law in Pennsylvania that allows for the status of “legal separation.” You are either single, married or divorced. Couples may decide to separate, however, and in doing so will face many of the same issues as divorcing couples. These include how they will share expenses, divide property and share custody and visitation… Read More »

Does the Noncustodial Parent Have to Cover the Cost of Braces?

When you get divorced, your child support arrangement and the amount you pay will be determined based on the needs of your child at the time of your divorce. But what happens when new expenses arise? For example, if you are the noncustodial parent of a child who needs braces, will you be responsible for… Read More »

Does Pennsylvania Child Support Cover Childcare Costs for Working Custodial Parents?

In Pennsylvania, as in all states, parents must provide child support until their children are at least 18 years old, with few exceptions. The amount of money the support payer provides to the custodial parent depends on the state’s child support guidelines as they are applied to each case. These guidelines primarily take into account… Read More »

New Tax Cuts Eliminate Child Dependency Exemptions

Dependency exemptions are often a point of contention among divorced or unmarried parents during tax season. However, in the wake of tax reform, these dependency exemptions will no longer exist, neutralizing at least one common source of debate and frustration for divorced or unmarried parents. Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, the… Read More »

New Tax Law Affects Deductibility of Alimony

The tax reform bill, which Republicans in Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law in December, will make matters slightly more difficult for some divorced people. Under the new law, individuals who pay alimony can no longer deduct those payments on their tax returns, and those who receive alimony payments will not have… 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 »

What Is Marital Property?

One of the most important issues to settle during divorce is the division of property. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, which means the court divides marital property in a manner it considers fair, though not necessarily equally. But what does the law mean by “marital property”? In any divorce, there are two kinds of… Read More »

Who Gets the House if We Get Divorced?

For most couples, the family home is their most significant investment and most valuable asset. So, when a couple divorces, the house becomes a great bone of contention. But the answer to the question “Who gets the house?” depends on the meaning of the word gets, since it implies two separate rights: ownership and possession…. Read More »

Is Private School Tuition Included in Child Support?

Like all states, Pennsylvania has statutory guidelines for basic child support but also allows judges the latitude to order a noncustodial parent to pay for certain extras. Rule 1910.16-5 of the Pa. Rules of Civil Procedure allows the court to deviate from the support guidelines when considering the following factors: Unusual needs and unusual fixed… Read More »