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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.

Business valuation in a divorce

Divorce is prevalent in Pennsylvania, the way it is in every other state. In 2016 alone, over 33,000 divorces and annulments took place, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health

The court divides numerous marital assets during a divorce, and for couples who own a business together, that includes the company. In divorce, there is the concept of the equitable division of assets. This does not necessarily mean equal division, but means both spouses receive items totalling an appropriate value. When a business comes into play, the court needs to perform a valuation first.

3 of the weirdest divorce settlements ever

Divorce is generally messy, but certain separations end up being absurd. From rights to silly celebrity nicknames to alimony for ice cream, there have been some strange fights and settlements throughout the years.

Forget your usual temporary alimony or deciding who gets the house – below are some of the weirdest divorce settlements in the history books that will surprise you! 

The benefits of establishing paternity

If you are an unmarried parent and a resident of Pennsylvania, a time may come when you need to establish the paternity of your child. Maybe you are a mother looking to pursue a child support order, or perhaps you are a father who wants to ensure you have rights to your child.

Regardless of your reason for establishing paternity, doing so can have considerable benefits for all involved. First, it benefits a child emotionally to have a firm understanding of his or her parentage. Additional benefits might include:

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