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What steps can you take to prevent international child abduction?

When you have a child with someone who comes from another nation and the relationship between you comes to an end, you may have concerns about this person potentially trying to relocate back to his or her home country with your child. Relocating when you have a child with someone else is typically not as easy as it may sound, and in some cases, this can lead parents to simply take a child out of the country without the permission of the other parent.

If you have concerns about international abduction and your one-time partner taking your child out of the United States without asking you first, know that you can take several steps to help prevent this from occurring. More specifically, if you have concerns about your ex taking your child out of the country, you would be wise to:

Take a break from social media during divorce

Social media has greatly changed how romantic relationships function. Terms like "ghosting" have entered the lexicon, and many couples argue about what one another post on Facebook and Twitter. For some couples, it is more important what someone does not post that leads to tension. 

Social media has also caused many married couples to divorce. One spouse may learn of the other's infidelity by browsing on his or her phone. Although many people simply use these apps and websites as an escape, it can have serious consequences. As you go through a divorce, it is vital to understand how you should use social media during this time, so you do not inadvertently harm your case. 

How joint-custody arrangements can benefit children

As someone working your way through the aftermath of a divorce, you may be learning to adjust to having your child or children only part of the time. For many Pennsylvania parents, this is one of the most painful and emotional aspects of divorce, but it may help you adjust to your new situation if you recognize that joint-custody arrangements can actually be highly advantageous for children of divorce.

More specifically, according to , a study involving roughly 150,000 kids who were either 12 or 15 years of age revealed some interesting findings about the benefits of joint-custody arrangements. The study showed that, while kids from “nuclear families,” or two-parent homes, had the fewest psychosomatic issues, children of divorce whose parents shared custody had far fewer issues than kids who had divorced parents but lived exclusively with just one parent.

Adultery's impact on divorce in Pennsylvania

Couples in Pennsylvania no longer need a reason to divorce. A recent law passed stating couples seeking a no-fault divorce only have to wait one year to follow through as opposed to two years. 

However, couples can still file for divorce on the grounds of adultery. In some states, one spouse being unfaithful has no impact on the divorce proceedings, but that is not the case in Pennsylvania. There are cases where adultery can affect some of the items in a divorce, and both spouses need to be ready.

Your business’s value is important to your divorce

You probably decided to start a business for many of the same reasons you chose to marry your spouse. Not only does your business provide you with financial stability, it also allows you to grow as a person. While your marriage is now on the rocks, your business may continue to thrive. Accordingly, before you file for divorce, you must think about the value of your commercial venture. 

If your business is successful, your soon-to-be-ex-spouse probably wants some of its profits. If it operates in the red, however, you may wish to distribute losses with your ex. Either way, you must know how much your business is worth to best plan your divorce. 

When is the right time to divorce?

As you decide to end your marriage, you may wonder if there is a "right" time to do so. Popular months for divorce tend to be January, August and March, reveals Forbes. But the reason may be due to emotions and not actual advantages.

It is better to base timing on finances, children's needs, the presence of abuse and other factors. Here are a few things to consider as you make the decision of when to file for divorce.

Considerations to make for dating while separated

After a divorce, you may want to immediately get back out there in the dating scene. Before doing this, you want to make sure you are patient and you know not to put all of your eggs into one basket. 

Pennsylvania does take adultery into account during divorce cases. Therefore, some people are hesitant to date again even after separating. It is possible to date during this separation period, but you should keep in mind specific considerations to make sure you date wisely. 

Reasons to choose divorce mediation

Ending your marriage is a major life event that comes with a lot of stressors. You may be afraid that your divorce will be a long and destructive process, but your marital split does not need to follow that route.

Instead of handling your divorce through the court system, you can mediate. In mediation, a neutral party will help you and your spouse arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement. Here are some reasons why you may want to choose mediation instead of litigation:

Do not believe these 4 divorce myths

If this is your first time getting a divorce, the process will naturally be unfamiliar. You may seek advice from family members or friends. Take the tips you get from these well-meaning people with a grain of salt. More often than not, what you hear about divorce is either completely wrong or not applicable to your situation. 

The problem with believing divorce myths is that it has real-world consequences. If you buy into these misconceptions, you may get a lopsided settlement. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about divorce. 

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.

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