No matter what time of the year it is, domestic violence can be an issue for Pennsylvania families. However, New Year's Eve and the day after shows a startling rise in attacks, and the aftermath of such violence can be followed by a separation or divorce filing. In fact, statistics shows that splits skyrocket in the month of January. The month represents a time for starting over and change, but it is important for women in a domestic violence situation to take extra precautions when leaving a spouse or significant other. Orders for protection can often help women as they navigate the waters of divorce or separation.
It may be something of a surprise to readers to find that it's not just women who are victims of domestic violence. Statistics, however, show that men can often be the victims of domestic violence as well. With October marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Pennsylvania residents who are considering filing for domestic violence orders may wish to learn more about this important issue.
Historically, combining finances typically involved getting married and a woman giving up control over her assets and income to a spouse. Nowadays, however, the merging of a couple's finances has become vastly different than it was in the past. Not all Pennsylvania couples who share their financial resources and burdens get married. Some of those couples may want to consider the merits that cohabitation agreements can provide. Others may find different approaches that work equally well for them.
The issue of grandparents' rights seems to be a growing concern for many Americans across the country. Pennsylvania grandparents who have seen their children lose custody of their grandchildren know that it can be difficult to obtain visiting rights once the state takes over. Oftentimes, courts cannot legally order foster parents to let biological grandparents see their grandchildren. For reasons such as this, many people are starting to lobby for grandparents' rights.
Reports of domestic violence can often seem depressing, but one domestic violence shelter is working to bring hope and positivity to the lives of those they serve by opening an animal kennel on shelter grounds. Pennsylvania residents who have ever had to obtain domestic violence orders likely know that choosing to leave an abusive spouse often means making a difficult choice: getting out of an abusive situation by leaving their beloved pet behind or staying put. For those who love their animals as if they're part of the family, this can be an untenable decision to make.
Prenuptial agreements are common for couples who are about to get married and want some type of document that outlines how property will be divided -- among other things -- in the event of a divorce. In today's day and age, however, more couples in Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. are actually living together for years before marriage, some without the intent to ever get married.
When people approach their later years, they may not necessarily be able to take care of their financial affairs or see to their medical treatment. However, Pennsylvania law allows for what is known as a guardianship. Under a guardianship, one's affairs are taken care of by a court-appointed person. Recently, guardianships entered the news after Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter requested that a judge place her mother in one.