Law Offices of Maribeth Blessing, LLC
Call to Schedule an Initial Consultation
Local215-392-0849Toll Free866-603-8691
Choosing The Right Path Of Protection

Norristown Family Law Blog

Divorce negotiations continue for billionaire couple

The process of dissolving a marriage can be complex for any couple. The divorce process may be more contentious and difficult if there are children involved or a large number of assets that need to be divided. One case keeps making news in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as Ken Griffin and his soon-to-be ex-wife continue to file legal motions against each other as money and where the children will live continue to be sticking points.

Mr. Griffin filed two petitions as a means of disputing his wife's petition to nullify the prenuptial agreement they signed before marriage. The wife, Anne Dias Griffin, says she was coerced into signing the agreement. Mr. Griffin believes the amount of support his wife claims is necessary to support the three children is more for her benefit rather than the children's. The amount of expenses claimed by the wife is $1 million monthly.

Pennsylvania county to offer amnesty to those owing child support

When there is a failure to pay child support, the paying parent may have to contend with varying legal consequences. One legal consequence for failing to appear at a child support hearing in Pennsylvania is the issuance of a warrant for arrest. However, with an extensive backlog of cases, one Pennsylvania county has found a unique was to deal with back child support, while also helping the parents to find a way to avoid further penalties -- a day of amnesty.

The program gives parents who are behind the chance to turn themselves in without fear of arrest. The cases are then heard individually and reviewed. The reasons for not being able to pay can be addressed, and a warrant for arrest can be dismissed based on the review.

Technology may help smooth child support problems

One area of family court that can lead to a lot of contention is cases involving child support. Families may reach an amicable and workable agreement that meets needs in the short term, yet discover added expense and unexpected events lead to child support disputes or confusion. Pennsylvania families may be interested in knowing about how technology is helping families and courts deal with child support problems.

There are now programs and apps that can track expenses, be a resource for receipts and let a parent know exactly what specific funds are being used for what. Some of these programs can now be ordered by a family court judge. The apps and programs can be free to use, and one that is gaining in popularity charges a fee annually.

Man faces jail time over child support nonpayment

Whenever a person is legally identified as the parent of a child, that person is typically obligated to pay support if he or she is the noncustodial parent. However, this obligation to pay child support for a child is not always so cut and dried. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in the recent case of a man facing jail time over failure to pay child support for a child he did not father.

The man took a DNA test to prove that he is not he biological father of the child in question. Despite this fact, it has been determined that he owes $30,000 in back due support. This is because he is listed on the birth certificate as the father of the child.

Pennsylvania couples need to consider money in divorce

Every couple may face money issues and decisions at one time or another. When that couple is planning to divorce, those money issues and decisions need to be front and center. Pennsylvania couples may want to contemplate the following matters and how divorce will affect finances overall, so as to be better prepared for life after the split.

The first thing experts recommend is that each party do a credit check. If left unchecked, shared debts can stay the responsibility of each party and adversely affect one person compared to another. Another vital step is to evaluate life insurance plans. In fact, all insurance policies should be re-evaluated to reflect the split.

Planning ahead can ease pain of a Pennsylvania divorce

When to file for divorce is not an easy decision for many people. For some, the decision may come over much contemplation, while for others in Pennsylvania, it may be a spontaneous decision. Whether thought out over years or days, when anyone prepares to file for divorce, it is vital to make certain decisions and think about the future, both long-term and immediate.

One area of concern for most every divorcing couple is debt. Any shared debt with both parties' names will be shared after a divorce. For anyone concerned with the level of debt in the marriage and possible debt after a divorce, assessing and planning debt management should be done as soon as divorce is a possibility.

Common tips as most common month for divorce is in full swing

January is known as the month in which there is a significant rise in the number of people seeking to dissolve a marriage. It has been nicknamed "divorce month" as a result of the jump in divorce filings during the first month of the year. While there many theories and explanations as to why there is such an increase, anyone seeking to divorce in Pennsylvania -- now or as the year progresses -- may benefit from a few valuable financial tips.

First, take stock of the reality of the cost of a divorce. It costs money and being prepared for the cost is advised. For those who are budget conscious, there are cost-effective options, such as mediation, to help keep the bottom line manageable.

Divorce can affect tax filings for Pennsylvania couples

Many things change during and after a divorce. Money is one very big change for all parties involved. Anyone in Pennsylvania who is in the middle of a divorce may want to consider how the process will impact his or her taxes.

If a couple is in a certain tax bracket and has certain holdings, the status of those holdings and cash flow as a result of the holdings may be altered, as there may certainly be a tax bracket change after divorce. If one spouse suddenly finds himself or herself in a lower tax bracket, he or she may benefit from owing less in long-term gains once taxes are filed separately. Tax bracket changes can affect finances in the short-term and long-term. 

Modifying child custody order for Pennsylvania families

One of the most contentious and stressful parts of a divorce may be the issue of child custody. The family courts in Pennsylvania work tirelessly to ensure the best interests of any children involved are upheld. Once a child custody order is entered, that order may not work for everyone in the long term. Over a period of time or at the request of a parent, a modification may be sought and may be necessary to meet the changing needs of the child and family.

A legal modification essentially involves making changes to an existing court order. There are many common and acceptable reasons a court may issue a modification. One of the most common reasons is a change in location of a parent. Also, if a parent's work schedule changed permanently, a modification may be needed so that parent can still have the time they need with his or her child.

Child support payments made for non-existent child

The family court system has very clear guidelines and laws pertaining to child support. However, there may be times when parents decide to go along with an agreement outside of a court order. This is never recommended, as it can lead to misunderstandings or worse. Anyone in Pennsylvania who is hesitant to agree to a child support order through the family court system may want to know about a woman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving child support when there was no child even involved.

The woman met the man on a dating website. A few months after meeting in person, the woman claimed to be pregnant. The woman told the man to pay her directly or she would file a claim and he would end up paying most of the money he made. The man agreed to pay her $1,000 a month.