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3 tips for an amicable divorce

The word "divorce" usually conjures up images of long, drawn-out courtroom battles and dramatic fighting between contentious ex-spouses. While this is the reality for some divorces, it does not have to be for every divorce. 

If you are seeking an amicable divorce, or at least a divorce in which you try to avoid as much drama and fighting as possible, there are a few basic tips you can keep in mind. Working towards a collaborative divorce can help you rebuild with less conflict and stress than you would experience in a traditional litigated divorce.

From alimony to manimony

If you are one of the many Pennsylvania women who have flocked to theaters to see RBG, the new documentary movie about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you know how much things have changed for American women since the 1950s when “a woman’s place is in the home.” Husbands supported the family and virtually all wives stayed home to have babies and manage the household. Ms. Ginsburg was one of the very few exceptions.

Divorce was a relatively rare occurrence back then given the facts that it was often forbidden, especially for Catholics, and few women had any job skills whatsoever, making it impossible for them to support themselves and their children after a divorce. The main solution to this latter problem was alimony, the monthly post-divorce payments that judges required more well-to-do ex-husbands to pay to their ex-wives.

3 major custody mistakes to avoid

Negotiating custody is rarely an easy endeavor. You must consider your schedule, the schedule of your ex, the needs of your child and the legal parameters, too. All of these factors make visitation stressful, and they can be disheartening, too, when you are simply trying to keep your kids' lives as stable as possible. It is important, though, that you remain committed for making custody work for the sake of your children.

According to the California Cognitive Behavioral Institute, custody battles can negatively affect a child's well-being. Visitation is a collaborative process, and it is essential to stay focused on what matters most. This means being aware of common mistakes and how to avoid them. 

4 weird and surprising reasons people get divorced

You probably know that approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. While you may think it is safe to assume that the reasons people end their marriages are financial stress, cheating or growing apart, that is not always the case. 

Sometimes people file for divorce because of strange issues. Here are some bizarre reasons people decide to leave their partners. 

Do you need a reason to divorce in Pennsylvania?

You know you want to get a divorce and maybe even know the reason why. Your spouse may be unfaithful, abusive or addicted. Maybe you just grew apart and no longer have anything in common. You may not even really know why you want a divorce, just that you cannot keep on living like this.

Do any of these reasons matter in getting a divorce in Pennsylvania? The short answer is no, because Pennsylvania is a no-fault state. However, the longer answer is it depends.

3 tips for making joint custody work

Coordinating schedules, dividing the holidays and transferring your children between houses can be difficult and draining. However, your custody arrangement does not need to be a source of contention and conflict. 

A successful co-parenting partnership will help your kids feel secure. But how do you actually achieve that? Here are some co-parenting guidelines you should follow. 

The landscape is better for same-sex parents

Biology plays an important role in society. For example, take a husband and wife who conceive a child with the help of a sperm bank. It is unlikely anyone will ever ask that couple, "Who is the 'real' father?" If they were to divorce, the husband, even though he is not biologically related to the child, should be in a good position for all of the rights he would get as a biological father.

This is not always so with same-sex couples. While it is true that the legal right to marry has secured a good deal of peace of mind for some of these couples, the reality is that biology remains the basis for some parts of the law or judges' decisions.

Separate and marital assets in a Pennsylvania divorce

Who gets what remains an important issue in most divorces, especially those where valuable assets are at stake. Pennsylvania takes the equitable distribution approach, which focuses on fairness rather than strict equality, although in many cases these end up being substantially equivalent.

One central issue to division is determining which assets to divide in the first place. Typically, courts only distribute marital property while separate property continues to remain solely with its owner. Thus, it can become very important to determine whether a particular piece of property belongs to both spouses or only to one of them.

'Tis the season to be flexible with custody

Instead of a white Christmas, are you dreaming of having your kids home for the holidays? When you are going through a divorce or modifying your custody agreement, the winter holidays are one the most important times to consider. Without a well-planned arrangement, your children will have a season of stress, contention and too much travel.

Give your children the best gift this year: Plan ahead on how to split custody this winter and be accommodating when it benefits the kids.

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