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Family law: Social media clauses in prenups, custody agreements

It seems that social media has taken over how people live their lives and conduct business. Social media sites have wonderful benefits, allowing people to keep in touch with others despite distance and years. However, they have a downside as well; it is almost impossible to limit who sees information posted on social media. Even if a user has tight security settings, his or her connections may not keep pictures and other information private. As a result, many people in Pennsylvania are turning to social media clauses in legal arrangements related to family law.

A social media clause can be utilized in a variety of different ways. Primarily, a clause in a prenuptial agreement, for example, would prevent a person from sharing information about a person's personal and business life unless he or she receives written consent prior to posting a picture or information. These clauses prevent certain others from sharing information that is determined to be protected.

Getting divorced? Learn why mediation might be the answer.

Like numerous other aspects of the American legal system, divorce is an adversarial process. When faced with the prospect of divorce, many people think of drawn out child custody battles, unending disputes over marital property and assets, and the heavy emotional burden that comes with ending a marriage.

Although your pending divorce may seem poised for contention, the truth is that with some guidance from your attorney, you and your spouse can set differences aside and reach peaceful, timely and mutually beneficial divorce agreements through mediation.

Man pleads guilty after failing to pay child support

When a two people have a child together, both parents have a responsibility to the child as well as to each other. Meeting the child's emotional and physical needs is part of fulfilling these responsibilities in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, some parents are unable to meet their legal responsibilities regarding their child and could potentially face serious legal ramifications as a result. One out-of-state man recently faced felony charges for failing to pay child support.

According to state officials, the 47-year-old father owes approximately $18,000 in child support. A a result, he was charged with a felony in connection with the missed payments. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Why You Should Choose Collaborative Law For Your Divorce

The traditional legal system is designed to be adversarial - there are two sides fighting against each other, trying to "win." While this system may work for many legal issues, it is often not effective when used for family law disputes such as divorce or child custody. Rather than there being a clear "winner" and "loser" both sides often walk away feeling as if they lost.

Collaborative law offers an alternative. Instead of trying to "beat the other side" parties work together to find solutions that are beneficial to the entire family.

Woman claims husband secretly obtained divorce

There are many couples in Pennsylvania and across the country who come to the conclusion that they are no longer compatible. For a variety of reasons, the decision to end the marriage is often in the best interest of everyone involved, including children of the relationship. However, one woman claims she discovered that her husband of 20 years secretly filed for divorce just months after they married.

The woman claims that she became suspicious after she discovered a tax bill for the condominium she shared with her husband. Her name was not included on it. As a result, she hired a lawyer. The woman claims that she discovered that her husband sought a divorce in Dominican Republic -- even though they never lived there -- just four months after they were married.

Should a parent getting a divorce consider setting up a trust?

For couples facing a divorce, it’s clear that estate-planning documents with bequests to a soon-to-be former spouse will need to be updated. However, the interplay between family and estate law is much deeper. 

For couples with children, the existing estate documents may have left all property, including life insurance designations, to the other parent. The assumption may have been that the other parent would provide for the children. After a divorce, however, a parent may want to expressly designate certain dispositions. Divorcing parents may also want to designate a guardian for minor children, rather than leaving custody to the other spouse in the event of their death or incapacity. 

Choosing Your Family Law Attorney

The attorney you hire to represent you in your divorce will have a major impact on the outcome of your case - choose wisely.

What Matters Most When Choosing A Lawyer

Local Knowledge

In Pennsylvania, the court systems vary from county to county. Each court has different filing requirements, timelines and general way of handling things. For example, some counties will require you to attend mediation or parenting classes before your divorce or custody case can be heard in court, others do not. If your lawyer isn't familiar with the county where your case is being handled, you are at a disadvantage. This lack of knowledge could cost you time and money, and even hurt the end result. Make sure the lawyer you choose knows the local court system.

Divorce will impact the wallet and financial outlook

Divorce is more than a matter of the heart. It is a matter of the wallet. Regardless of income or social standing, a divorce will impact the bottom line of both people involved. People in Pennsylvania in the midst of a divorce should know what to expect and how to prepare for the financial changes that inevitably lie ahead.

Understanding and knowing the specific cash flow that will be available is vital. The best thing to do is to figure out the amount of alimony that will be coming in and any earned income. Then, the taxes must be calculated and factored into that bottom line. Also, extra expenses such as retirement funds and health insurance need to be calculated. Once this is all figured out, it will be easier to assess what is actually needed and if there is room for anything extra.

Child support issues require knowledge and experience

When a divorce is unfolding, issues related to any children involved can often take front and center. When it comes to children, the specific issue of child support can be a source of confusion, frustration and contention. Pennsylvania parents should be aware that legal assistance related to child support should encompass both knowledge and experience as child support needs can be complex and varied.

Knowledge of the laws is necessary as there is a support calculator in Pennsylvania. This calculator can give parents a rough idea of what they may be expected to pay and receive in regards to child support. When the situation involves a high-income situation, the calculation can be greater than what the support calculator may indicate, and this is something that both parents should be aware of as support is decided.

There are alternatives to traditional divorce in Pennsylvania

A divorce may be the most difficult time in the lives of the people who go through it. Even when a divorce is wanted by both parties, the process can be time consuming and emotionally draining. While some divorces simply need to be handled through litigation, there are alternatives that many other people in Pennsylvania may find as a viable alternative to a traditional divorce.

One option is mediation. This process is about reaching an agreement. A mediator can work through areas of contention and reach a resolution that both parties feel is fair and protects their individual rights. Mediation can address individual areas of a split and find resolutions that no one may have thought viable beforehand.