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How property is divided in a Pennsylvania divorce

If a divorcing couple cannot agree on how their property should be divided, the court steps in. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, which means that the Court of Common Pleas will disburse marital assets in an equitable manner. You may think that this means a fifty-fifty distribution, but that might not be what the court deems to be fair.

Perfect New Year's resolutions during divorce

Whether you have spent the last year or the past decade dealing with overwhelming marital drama, the new year is a great time to center yourself and re-focus on what you want to accomplish in your life. Here are some ideas of helpful New Year's resolutions that can inspire you no matter which phase of the divorce process you are in.

The benefits of mediating a divorce

Divorce is an intense, emotional time for everyone involved. As you and your ex-spouse work to separate your assets and minimize the damage, your children may be lost in the shuffle. Taking a divorce to court can be a tough experience, and mediation may be easier if you and your ex are on amicable terms.

Establishing your financial independence

For those contemplating divorce, it may seem that the decision to engage in divorce proceedings will unleash a torrent of issues that need to be resolved in an instant: child custody, living arrangements, asset division and career considerations. Shuttling between lawyers and courtrooms can add to the stress. If you are prepared and the divorce is amicable, however, the process does not have to be so overwhelming.

One step that you can take to reduce the number of tasks that need to be completed as you are filing for divorce is to secure your finances before your status changes from "married" to "divorced." These steps should be taken even if you and your former spouse are on friendly terms; after all, your new life will require that you close shared accounts and open a separate account. In most cases, it's beneficial to establish the groundwork for financial security before you become immersed in resolving other issues.

What happens to pets in divorce proceedings?

For a lot of people, our pets are our family. We care about them like they were our own children. As a result, a lot of people believe that if they go through divorce proceedings, they will have a chance to argue for sole or shared custody of their pets with their ex. Because after all, isn't that what a judge would do if there was a human child involved?

Unfortunately, just because you see your pet as a member of the family doesn't mean the courts do. In fact, in Pennsylvania, marital property is defined so broadly, your pet could be seen as nothing more than a piece of property during divorce proceedings. What this means is the possibility of a more contentious division of marital assets than you previously imagined.

What is the Hague Convention and how does it arise in custody cases?

If you and your spouse have children and are currently considering divorce, you probably have questions about child custody laws in Pennsylvania or how custody arrangements work if one parent relocates to another state. For you, just understanding how state and interstate custody laws work together can be challenging enough.

But imagine if your spouse is not from this country and they want to return to their home country with the children after the divorce is finalized. For parents in these types of custody cases, international custody laws could very well come into play, but they may be vastly different from one country to the next. In the end, parents in these types of situations oftentimes face far more challenging circumstances than most.

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