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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 »

What Is the Difference Between Physical Custody and Legal Custody in Pennsylvania?

Child custody can be a complex issue, not only because of the emotional ties between parents and their children but also because of the types of rights and responsibilities at stake and the types of custody possible. The discussion starts with understanding how Pennsylvania Code Rule 1915.1 defines the two kinds of custody under the… Read More »

What Is Alimony and How Is It Calculated?

People use the term alimony loosely to refer to maintenance payments an ex-spouse makes to a former spouse. In Pennsylvania, however, there are three such terms for these payments, and each denotes support at a particular time in the process: Spousal support — Amounts paid after the couple agrees to live “separately and apart,” but… Read More »

How Is Child Support Calculated in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has child support guidelines based on the “income shares” model used in 38 states. This model, which considers the incomes of both parents, was developed under the Child Support Guidelines Project funded by the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement and administered by the National Center for State Courts.  It is encoded in Rule… Read More »

How Does a Divorce Get Started?

If you are contemplating divorce, you may wonder how you can begin the process. The Pennsylvania court system has good information on divorce proceedings that you should review prior to any action. Depending on your circumstances, you might want to take steps to guard against: Physical danger to yourself and your children — If there… Read More »