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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 »

Should I Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements long carried the stigma of being unromantic and cynical, because they introduced the subject of divorce before the marriage had even taken place. Prenups were also prone to abuse by spouses who drew them up unilaterally and insisted the other sign or the wedding wouldn’t happen. However, prenups have proved to be very… Read More »

Who Decides How Property Is Divided in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

When divorcing spouses cannot agree on how to divide their marital property themselves, the court will take on that role. Pennsylvania law gives courts the power to divide marital assets and debts in divorce proceedings through a process called equitable distribution. If spouses are unable to come to their own property agreement in a divorce,… Read More »

Do Grandparents Have Custody Rights in Pennsylvania?

Grandparents often fall victim to circumstances within their children’s families that disrupt their relationship with their grandchildren, so they turn to the courts for a legal remedy. Grandparents do not enjoy the same presumptive rights to custody or visitation that parents do, but depending on the facts of the case, they may have statutory rights…. Read More »

How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in Pennsylvania?

There are many factors that determine how long a divorce will take. Some of them are related to the law and court procedures while others arise from the complexities of the case and the attitudes of the parties. These are just some of the many factors that could affect the speed of your divorce: No… Read More »