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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.

Failure to pay child support case gets complicated for immigrant

When a child support order is handed down in family court, failure to pay can result in serious consequences for the paying parent. However, not every case of failure to pay child support is cut and dry. Any parent in Pennsylvania who struggles with child support payments or struggles to ensure that a paying parent keeps up with payments may be interested in the case of an immigrant who was jailed for not paying.

The Indian immigrant was ordered to pay $1,000 a month in support. He was the owner of a jewelry store. The business failed, and the man claimed that the child support payments would be the entirety of his salary. He then did not pay and ended up jailed for contempt.

Some coupels may want to protect privacy during divorce

For couples of a certain stature or those in the public eye, privacy of personal affairs may be of the utmost concern. When a couple becomes entangled in a court case, certain information may go from the private to the public domain. For some Pennsylvania couples, having private information become public during a divorce may be something they wish to avoid if at all possible.

Court hearings pertaining to divorce are part of public record and, in actuality, any member of the public can attend a divorce hearing and afterward discuss the details of that public hearing. If issues such as alimony, asset allocation and custody issues are dealt with at a public hearing, the facts and numbers presented can be accessed by the public. For couples who are protective of information concerning their wealth and assets, this can be embarrassing or generally distressing. It may also have a negative effect on children.

Adoption requires individual attention for Pennsylvania families

The decision to adopt is just the first step for a family that wishes to grow. The adoption process is highly unique and each case presents challenges unlike any other. This means that any Pennsylvania family pursuing adoption should understand that individual attention for its case is not just a luxury, but a necessity.

In Pennsylvania, the process varies for each county. This means having legal representation who understands the rules and laws for that particular county is a must. The first step in the adoption process usually entails having the birth parent or parents' consent and having their parental rights terminated. Handling this portion of an adoption in a sensitive and non-confrontational way is best for all involved.

Divorce for older couples in Pennsylvania can be complex

Divorce can be disruptive to daily life and future plans at any age. However, when a couple over a certain age decides to divorce, the process can be much more complex. There are circumstances and factors that older Pennsylvania couples may have to think about that may not plague a couple that is younger.

One area that makes a divorce more complicated after retirement age is if the couple has already made estate-planning preparations. A divorce can impact finances across the board and make certain estate plans for adult children an issue or obligation that may not currently work. Assets may be redistributed, and one party may no longer have the authority to say where that asset is to go after a passing.