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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having a child live with her or his biological parent is not always the best option. In fact, sometimes it is necessary that another person or party receive custody so that the child can benefit from a safe and stable home. It is not uncommon for step-parents or grandparents to seek custody for these reasons, but there are a few things that every person should know when it comes to third-party custody.