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Child Support: What Parents In Pennsylvania Need To Know

Children are often unwitting bystanders to their parents' personal and relationship challenges and, in cases where a child's parents split without ever marrying or decide to divorce, it's imperative that a child's needs continue to be met.

Your child deserves to have the financial support of both parents and, to help ensure that this happens, parents are encouraged to take legal action and petition for child support.

Summer Is Coming....Have You And Your Ex Discussed Custody Plans?

Spring has sprung throughout the Philadelphia metro and school-age children throughout the area are counting down the days until summer break. When it comes to summer vacations, camps, family trips and general day-to-day activities, for many parents, summer presents both opportunities and challenges. If you're a divorced or separated parent who shares child custody with an ex, summer is likely an especially hectic time.

After what may have been a shaky start to the school year, now roughly eight months in, you and your ex have finally hit your co-parenting stride. It's no wonder then that, with the school year winding down, the thought of having to start all over and figure out summer custody and vacation plans is causing you to feel stressed and anxious.

Is Your Soon-To-Be Ex-Spouse Hiding Something?

For many married couples, money is a source of conflict. In fact, many divorcing couples cite disputes over how to spend and save money as contributing to their decision to file for divorce.

Unfortunately, fights over money often become even more heated during divorce proceedings as both spouses aim to claim their fair share, or then some, of total assets. At times, spouses who are planning to file for divorce may even resort to finding creative ways to hide assets.

Social Media Use During Divorce

From sharing photos of a child, pet or recent vacation to posting comments about your morning commute or religious or political beliefs, social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide an easy and nearly instantaneous way for people to widely share and communicate. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2005, only five percent of U.S. adults reported using at least one social media platform. Today, that number has grown exponentially to nearly 70 percent with many social media users reporting posting, Tweeting and otherwise engaging with social media sites multiple times per day.

While the positive aspects of social media are often heralded, there are times when what you Tweet, post, follow or like may be used against you. If you are planning to file for or are going through a divorce and count yourself among the millions of U.S. adults who routinely Tweet, post photos on Instagram or comment on Facebook, it's important to understand how this information could potentially be used in a divorce case.

Should Filing For Divorce Be On Your January To-Do List?

While frequently regarded as being a time of great joy and celebration, the holidays can also be stressful. This is often especially true for individuals who are in unhappy marriages when spending time at home with a spouse and extended family members can reinforce and intensify a husband's or wife's resolve to finally end a marriage.

It's likely no coincidence that divorce rates tend to spike dramatically in January-some estimate by as much as 30 percent. If you are in an unhappy marriage and are thinking about filing for divorce, there are several reasons why January may be a good time to finally take action.

Why Your Child Will Thank You For Choosing Mediation

Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most important, challenging and rewarding roles that anyone can fulfill during their life. From changing diapers and performing round-the-clock feedings to helping with homework and drying tears after a playground fall, young children especially need and rely upon their parents for so many things. In cases where parents of a young child divorce, it's critical that they find a way to work together to continue to meet their child's needs.

For a young child, the many changes that frequently accompany the divorce process can be especially confusing and upsetting and these negative feelings tend to increase and intensify when parents don't agree about child custody issues. Thankfully, parents have options and can choose to mediate their child custody case rather than turn to the family courts.

Recently Separated Or Divorced Parents Need A Plan This Holiday Season

In just a couple of short weeks, families across Pennsylvania and throughout the United States will gather to break bread and give thanks as the official 2016 holiday season kicks off. While typically considered a happy and celebratory time, under even the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful.

For couples and families who are experiencing a recent separation or divorce, this holiday season is likely to be an especially difficult time. This is particularly true in cases where a soon-to-be or recently divorced couple has younger children. While there are no official rules for how to navigate the uncomfortable encounters and varied challenges this holiday season may bring, keeping your children and their well-being and best interests in mind is a good place to start.

Co-Parenting: How to Make it Easier

Getting divorced is never an easy process. This is especially true if you have young children. In fact, even in cases where both you and your ex amicably agreed to end a marriage and opted for a less-adversarial collaborative divorce, things can change after the ink on a divorce agreement dries.

Having a child with someone means that, for better or worse, you and that person will forever be tied together. For divorced parents, this can be a difficult reality to face and many struggle to set aside their own feelings about an ex and to move forward for the benefit of a shared child.

Talking to children about divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage and go through with a divorce is never easy and many individuals spend months or even years struggling to make things work. For parents, making the decision to divorce is even more complicated as moms and dads must consider their own feelings, emotions and general wellbeing as well as those of a child.

Let's face it, there's never going to be an opportune time to tell your son or daughter that you're getting divorced. That being said, there are times that are better than others as well as things that parents can do and say to lessen the sting and to help a child cope with the varied and inevitable changes that lay ahead.

Getting divorced? Tips for choosing a mediator

The word divorce has many negative connotations and often conjures up images of belongings being thrown out of second-story windows and forlorn children sitting idly by as their parents fight. While these types of scenes may make for good television programming or tabloid fodder, for divorcing couples a conflict-ridden divorce only intensifies what is already likely a difficult process. To avoid this added expense and stress, many couples today are opting to mediate rather than litigate their divorces.

The benefits of mediation are numerous with a mediated divorce typically saving couples significant amounts of time and money. Additionally, the process is much more collaborative and empowers couples to make decisions about important issues that are likely to have a significant impact on their lives and the lives of their children.

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