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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.

Getting Community Support During Your Divorce

1. Get professional help. Choose a lawyer to guide you through the divorce process and ensure you and your children are cared for now and in the future. Consider a therapist to help you and your children navigate the emotions and trials of the separation and divorce. Your lawyer may know a good family therapist so don't hesitate to ask for a referral. If cost is an issue, look for a university near you that offers a counseling program; they almost always have a clinic staffed by their students and the cost is significantly less than seeing someone in private practice. 2. Notify your boss. At some point in this process, you may take time off work, leave early, or come in late. Discuss scheduling needs in advance with your boss to prevent a negative backlash. 3. Tell your friends what you need. The best way to enlist your friend's support is to be specific about what you need. Explain, "I need you to let me talk, cry, and rage. I still want to come to family events like your 4th of July pool party. While I will need your advice going forward, right now I really just need you to listen." 4. Talk to your children's teachers and coaches. Teachers need to be aware of possible changes in your child's behavior. Keep them on the look out for signs of problems with your children. Children sometimes have a different relationship with their teachers and coaches than their parents and may be more willing to confide in them. Your school may have resources such as a divorce support group or a school counselor who can help your kids. Seeing you talk about the situation with others gives your children permission to talk. It lets them know that they do not need to be ashamed or embarrassed. 5. Tap into your community resources. Religious organizations sometimes offer divorce support groups. Meetup.com lists local groups for people going through a divorce. While these meetings are usually not run by professionals, they are usually free. Also, look into Parents Without Partners, an organization specifically for single parents. 6. Call a hotline if you're on the edge. Professional help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is no shame in calling one of these places when it's 2 a.m. and all you can do is sob, or your children have truly pushed you to the brink and you have nowhere to turn, or your anger has become so great that it feels out of control.


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.

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?

Is Divorce the End of the World?

Recently I took some time off to be with my family. With all of the hoopla about the Mayan calendar and December 21, I had a chance to think about the prospect of the end of the world as we know it. Although thankfully the world didn't end, I was grateful to be with the people I care about the most. A divorce can mean the end of the world to many people; it can feel like the end of their hopes, dreams, love and life. Research has shown that divorce is the second most stressful event in our lives, with death being the most stressful. So how can we move on and not be paralyzed by it?

Lance Armstrong, Custody and Divorce

You might be thinking how can I put Lance in the same sentence with the above topics. What I will say is that I know nothing about the sport of cycling or anything about doping. But what I do know about is how far a person can take their legal fight and when is the right time to call it quits.

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