Understanding a Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

Understanding a Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

December 7, 2018

In a fault divorce, the court grants one spouse a divorce because of some proven fault of the other spouse. Most states no longer recognize fault divorces, but Pennsylvania will grant one under certain circumstances. When Could a Pennsylvania Court Consider a Fault Divorce? Under Pennsylvania divorce statutes, a court may grant the plaintiff a …

What Is the Difference Between a Prenup and a Postnup?

November 16, 2018

The main difference between a prenuptial and a postnuptial agreement is that a prenup comes before marriage and a postnup can be agreed upon at any time during a marriage. What Is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenup is a contractual agreement between two people before they get married. In Pennsylvania, it is legally called a …

Key Financial Issues to Consider When Filing for Divorce

October 26, 2018

If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you might be worried about your finances. Not knowing what to expect or how to properly plan your finances in the event of divorce can cause unnecessary stress to your life. Sitting down with an experienced family law attorney who can break down these important issues could …

How Has the One-Year Separation Law Changed Pennsylvania Divorces?

September 14, 2018

Two years ago, on Dec., 4, 2016, the Pennsylvania Legislature relaxed its “no-fault divorce law” waiting period from two years to one year for a spouse seeking to obtain a divorce without the other spouse’s consent. Over the past two years, there have been various short-term studies regarding the amended separation law. At this time, …

How Did Opioids Change Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws?

August 14, 2018

Last month, we discussed how a new bill has changed the standing of grandparents in Pennsylvania child custody cases. But did you know that the same bill also grants certain other individuals standings in custody actions as well? This change could help kids all over the state find loving homes, and the opioid epidemic could …

Why Did a Pennsylvania Mom Frame Her Son for DUI?

July 21, 2018

When it comes to the defense of a DUI arrest, a case can often be more complicated than it first appears. This is especially true of a recent arrest in White Deer Township. A Pennsylvania mom is facing criminal charges over her son’s DUI. Did a Mother Frame Her Son for a DUI? Pennsylvania State …

How Will a New Pennsylvania Law Affect Child Custody for Grandparents?

July 7, 2018

In recent years, the standing of grandparents when it comes to child custody has been unstable in Pennsylvania. The Child Custody Act granted elevated standing to grandparents during custody disputes, but that changed in 2016. Now, a new Pennsylvania bill is trying to fill in the gaps and correct the course when it comes to …

Could Retirement Affect Your Alimony in Pennsylvania?

June 28, 2018

Alimony is the payment made by one spouse to another based upon either the terms of a property settlement or a divorce decree. If the alimony was figured using the property settlement, then that settlement governs any modifications or termination of the alimony. However, if alimony is asserted through a divorce decree, then modifications and …

Why Must a Writer Split a Court Settlement with His Ex-Spouse?

June 14, 2018

Hollywood is full of interesting stories that roll out on the big screen almost every week. Take the 2013 White House thriller “Olympus Has Fallen”, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. This movie delivers a lot of action and surprises, but did you know it did the same thing in Pennsylvania Superior Court? …

How Can the #MeToo Movement Affect Divorce?

May 21, 2018

Black dresses at the Golden Globes, celebrities suddenly fired, people finding their voice against their abusers: these are the results of the #MeToo movement and the “Time’s Up” movement. These social media phenomena have rocked our culture over the last year or so, paving a new path for social justice. Yet, there is a price …

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