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January 2014 Archives

Surprising child support situation garners media attention

When a couple agrees to a child support amount, the amount due typically gets paid on time and all is well between the parties. However, complications can arise and lead to court intervention, even if those complications are unintentional. Recently, a father gained media attention for being handed a jail sentence in a case where it appears that he actually overpaid child support. Any Pennsylvania parents who are unsure what they owe or fear there may be a discrepancy in how payments are handled may want to follow the story.

Pets viewed as property during divorce, but hard to part with

Whenever there is a dissolution of a marriage, there are many decisions to be made by the two parties. Some of those decisions can be easy. However, when pets are involved, it can be difficult to decide who will be the primary caretaker and to work out the details of sharing a pet. During a Pennsylvania divorce, a pet is still viewed as property by the courts despite the importance of a pet to the owners.

Pennsylvania divorce can be a time of financial upheaval

When a married couple decides to separate, they may be essentially going from a two income family to a one income family. The costs incurred during a divorce under the most amicable of circumstances, and the financial reality of parting ways in Pennsylvania, can be a time of great confusion and upheaval. This financial distress can make the process much more complicated unless both parties are adequately prepared for the financial changes to come.

Alimony for men going through divorce is on the rise

Whenever two parents divorce, their financial lives are greatly altered -- whether they are the breadwinner or a stay-at-home parent. Years ago, alimony payments ordered in a divorce were typically awarded to a wife as she was usually either a stay-at-home mom or made much less than her husband. However, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, there is a noticeable rise in the number of men seeking alimony.

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