A common question that a Pennsylvania family law attorney gets asked when they meet with a new client for the very first time is whether their gender impacts their prospects for being awarded custody of their kids. While it used to definitively impact cases some decades ago, gender doesn't play as much of a deciding role as it once did. Judges focus on what's in the best interest of the kids instead.
If you and your spouse have reached an impasse with one another or you've grown apart, then you may feel that your only option is to go ahead and get a divorce. Like many other states, there are certain requirements that you have to meet to be eligible to file for divorce in Pennsylvania (PA).
We have written before about what happens to pets when Pennsylvanians divorce. For example, even before marriage, a couple can execute a prenuptial agreement with terms controlling what would happen to any pets should divorce occur. Or, at the time of divorce, the spouses may agree on matters related to a family pet in a marital settlement agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Infidelity in a marriage can come in many forms. One is financial infidelity. This occurs when a person hides debt, accounts or spending from their partner. It can cause significant damage to a marriage.