Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
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May 2016 Archives

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Pennsylvania Fault-Based Divorce Amendment

Pennsylvania law permits parties to a divorce action to proceed as a no fault-based or fault-based divorce. No fault divorce means that you file and assert the "irretrievable breakdown" of the marriage, meaning that the marriage is broken beyond repair. In this type of divorce, neither party has to prove fault. Fault-based divorce means that you have to prove one of fault grounds to have the divorce be allowed to proceed. The fault-based divorce grounds include adultery, abandonment, cruelty, bigamy, conviction with imprisonment for over two years, and actions that make the marriage intolerable.

Don't Hassel the Hoff: Modification of Alimony in Pennsylvania

The Tax Implications of Divorce in Pennsylvania

A common concern among people going through a divorce is what the tax implications of divorce are. Obviously this is not the first concern to come to mind when dealing with divorce matters, but it is a critical consideration nonetheless. Discussed below are the varied filing statuses and the tax consequences are for each option.

Summer Custody Schedules for Children in Pennsylvania

It's that time of year again! With school picnics and yearbook distribution, children are being released from the daily drudgery of early mornings and homework. At or around Memorial Day each year, children celebrate the end of another school year and all the possibility of what summer brings with it. Summer gives children the opportunity to go on vacations, visit family, try new outside activities and go to summer camp. Summer tends to be a period of transition and change for most children, and this can be complicated even more so for children with separated parents. Often children who are part of a custody dispute experience double the demands on their time as other children, which can be stressful even in the relaxing summer months. In these cases, it is important for parents to work together with their attorneys to craft an appropriate and workable custody schedule.

Modification of Child Support Payments in Pennsylvania

Many times, parents who are both receiving or paying child support payments ask when a child support payment amount can be changed. When there is an existing Court Order for child support, either party may petition that court for a modification of child support. The Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines provide that a modification of a child support payment is appropriate when a party can show a material and substantial change in circumstances.

Equitable Distribution Part IV: Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

After property is divided in a divorce either by Marriage Settlement Agreement or by the court, the final step is to ensure that property is properly distributed. Although it is relatively simple to divide tangible assets such as cars and houses, problems sometimes arise when parties have significant assets such as retirement accounts. When a retirement account such as an IRA or 401K or other investment account is divided between parties who are divorcing in Pennsylvania, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is often required.

Pennsylvania Wills: Guardianship

In Pennsylvania, as in every state, the purpose of drafting a will is to provide direction to surviving family members regarding what should happen to your personal and real property, and how to care for minor children of the testator. One of the most important aspects of any parent's will , is the appointment of a guardian of his or her minor child(ren). The appointment of a guardian ensures that the parent is able to select who is best able to provide for his or her child in the event that he or she becomes unable to.

Equitable Distribution Part III: What is Equitable?