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Pennsylvania grandparents can seek child custody

If you ask enough questions about family law, you start to get the message very quickly. The answer is almost always that the best interest of a child involved will come first.

And what about the rights of grandparents in Pennsylvania? You guessed it. First, it depends on what’s best for the child.

Three tech tools that may help coordinate custody schedules

Juggling the schedules of each family member can be difficult under the best circumstances. However, after divorce, life can get a little more hectic when custody schedules and communication challenges may be added to the mix. Then, if your child custody schedule changes, it can be almost impossible to remember what is happening on any given day.

However, there are apps for everything these days, including custody schedules. Many available apps do cost money, but there are several good options for free as well. Three free apps that may help you keep track of your family's post-divorce schedule include Google Calendar, Cozi and SquareHub.

Who keeps the marital home after a divorce?

Whether you have lived in your home for a few years or several decades, you likely have an emotional attachment to it. You may have raised your kids there, made it your own, created hundreds of fond memories and more.

In a divorce, determining the fate of your home can be complicated. Pennsylvania follows equitable distribution guidelines when dividing the marital property of a divorcing couple. As your home is likely one of your most significant marital assets, deciding who, if anyone, will retain the home can involve careful consideration of your options.

Divorce doesn’t have to be a long process

Many people dread divorce for many reasons, including a fear that the process will take a long time. While it’s true that more complicated divorces can take longer to complete, there are certain instances where Pennsylvania’s divorce code allows for an expedited process.

There are two grounds for divorce in Pennsylvania that may lead to less time in the court room and a quicker finalization. If your situation fits either of these situations, you may be able to have a quicker resolution. The two grounds that can allow for a quicker divorce are:

Getting Your Family Back On Track After Bankruptcy

Written By Jennifer Pell


There were 773,375 bankruptcy claims filed in 2018, according to the 2018 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary. Compared to the previous year, this was a 2% drop for consumer bankruptcies and a 4% drop for business ones. However, with personal debt in the U.S. recently topping $13.5 trillion, it looks like these figures will rise in 2019. When bankruptcy strikes a family, it can cause stress and pressure among individuals. It's also common for marriages to break down in the midst of a bankruptcy. But, with the right legal support, it's possible to rebuild your family setup and get back on your feet.

How to establish a good parenting plan for your kids

You got married, had children, and now you are facing a divorce. It is one of the most frightening experiences for parents, when faced with making legal decisions that impact the welfare of their growing child. You never want to be the source of their pain and sadness. However, you must go your separate way with the other parent.

Parenting plans allow you to have a set of boundaries and expectations while you live separate lives in separate homes. Creating a successful parenting plan is your next step in the journey. It starts by having a mutual love and devotion to the best interest of your child with the other parent. This is foundational to any successful parenting plan that allows a child to thrive under the conditions of divorce and separation.

Want to make your divorce as stress-free as possible?

Deciding to split from a spouse is a big decision, but you have decided it is the right choice for you. Just because you have settled on divorce does not mean you want a bunch of drama. In fact, you would like to avoid as much fighting and stress as possible.

A good option may be an alternative dispute resolution like a collaborative law divorce. Here is what you need to know about the process and whether it may work for you.

Innocent Spouse Relief: What You Need to Know & How to File

Written by: Claudia Revermann, Co-Founder of Lucent Tax Relief, Attorney at Law, CPA

Only around 5% of married Americans choose to file their taxes separately. Typically, the benefits of joint filing outweigh the risks. However, filing jointly with your spouse means that you are both liable for each other's tax responsibilities. The IRS refers to this as joint and several liability.

This marriage of liability means that even if your spouse was the only one with a job and you file jointly, you are individually 100% responsible for ensuring that the taxes are filed, are correct and complete, and any balances are paid on time even if you made no income and wouldn't otherwise owe anything.



Blending Families: Try These Tips for a Smooth Transition

Written By Jennifer Pell


Sixty-five percent of remarriages involve children and blending two families. Moving in with a new spouse and their children is a huge transition for everyone involved, not just the children, but also the parents on both sides. There are a multitude of factors to take into account when blending a family, but here are some tips on making the move as easy as possible for everyone involved.

Before everyone moves in together, you and your partner should sit down and agree together on how your new, blended household will run. First and foremost, it is important that the parents agree and form a united front, as this will be the most important factor in the stepparents establishing and maintaining authority. Aside from household details, there may also be legal considerations to discuss with an attorney before the families are integrated.

Why Didn't She Just Leave?

Written by Robert Davidson - Author of THE BEAST I LOVED: A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle to Survive

There are many issues regarding domestic violence, but the one that, to me, is most infuriating, most unfair, and most misunderstood is the most commonly asked question of all: "Why didn't she just leave?" But that should not be the question. The question should be, "Why do men batter women?" And as a society, "How do we stop it?" That's what we should be asking.

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