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May 2019 Archives

Pennsylvania alimony law gives judges discretion with direction

A major issue in most divorces is whether one spouse will have to pay alimony for support to the other spouse. People often negotiate the resolution of the issue of alimony when divorcing and include it in a settlement agreement. Or, the parties may have predetermined alimony as a term of a prenuptial agreement.

How can an attorney help you if you and your spouse separate

For many couples, separation is a precursor to divorce. For others, taking some time apart helps them reevaluate their relationship, resolve their issues and build a stronger marriage. Regardless of the eventual outcome, separation from your spouse is no small change -- particularly when you have children together.

The phenomenon of gray divorce in the United States

The numbers may surprise you. Since the 1990s, the divorce rate of people at least 50 years old has "roughly doubled," according to Pew Research Center. Pew looked at federal government data, noting that for people at least age 65, the divorce rate in that same time frame tripled.

Take the means test to see if you qualify for Chapter 7 relief

Are you drowning in debt? If so, you are not alone. There are quite a few Pennsylvania residents in the same boat as you. Like many of them, you are probably wondering what you can do about it. There are various debt relief options out there; Chapter 7 bankruptcy is just one of them. If you think this type of bankruptcy may be a good fit for you, you need to take the means test to see if you qualify.

Knowing when divorce is in your best interest

When you struggle to get along with your spouse, when you've already gone to couples counseling, when you've worked to stay calm and when you can no longer fight it; divorce is your best option. But, what if you aren't quite sure if divorce is your best option? Below, you will find the most common signs that divorce is in the best interest of the marriage and you as an individual spouse.

You can resolve to minimize your stress level during divorce

To say that divorce is painful is an understatement. Decisions to end the life you dreamed of, separate yourself from your children and determine how to divide your assets are major life decisions that do not come easily to the healthiest adults.

Part 2: Choose collaborative divorce with care

Last week, we introduced the concept of collaborative divorce and explained why it can be a positive, creative choice for some people to negotiate a settlement agreement that meets the unique needs of the family, especially if children are involved. Today, we will talk about some potential concerns to consider when deciding whether to use collaboration.

The hidden cost of online wills

Putting together a will is about more than just determining where assets will go in the future. Drafting a will generally leads to a discussion about these assets. The discussion will likely include questions about your assets and what you expect to have in the future. But the discussion could take a more hopeful turn and lead to questions about what you want out of life.

Part 1: What is collaborative divorce?

At our law firm, we represent divorcing clients in western Pennsylvania in a range of divorce processes — from the courtroom or traditional negotiation to mediation or collaboration. Today we will talk about the potential benefits of the collaborative divorce process.

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