Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
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Equitable Distribution Archives

My ex never paid as promised...can I sue? Part II

As discussed in Part I of this blog series, in PA the statute of limitations generally precludes an aggrieved party from filing suit for enforcement of a Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA) if not commenced within the statutes 4-year limitation period. An exception exists, however, when the contract is a "continuing contract." A contract is "continuing" when 1.) There are no deadlines by which payments have to be made; 2.) No specific start date and/or end date when payments are to stop; and 3.) No specific amount owed is identified.

My ex never paid as promised...can I sue? Part I

Before a divorce can be finalized in PA, the parties must have completed the process of equitable distribution, or the division of marital assets and debts. If the parties can come to an agreement, one way to accomplish this is through a Marriage Settlement Agreement, more commonly referred to as an "MSA."

"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