Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
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Equitable Distribution Archives

"Don't Touch It! Dissipation and Dividing the Marital Property in Pennsylvania."

With the filing of a divorce in Pennsylvania comes the dividing up of all the marital property. Splitting up all the items that were bought during the marriage and deciding who gets what is easily one of the most complicated and lengthy ordeals in all of family law. This is true even if you're not a millionaire with multiple houses, cars and yachts. This process of deciding who gets what is known as equitable distribution here in Pennsylvania and it's not as simple as, 'I owned that before we got married", or "that's mine, I paid for it".

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.

Equitable Distribution In Pennsylvania Part II: Date of Separation

Equitable Distribution In Pennsylvania Part I: What is Martial Property