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Is there still a place for domestic partnerships?

Domestic partnerships were originally a way for same-sex couples to attain some of the benefits of marriage, while there was still a ban on same-sex marriage. Now that the ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional, domestic partnerships have tended to be less popular, since couples generally favor marriage. However, there are still benefits that can be gained from a domestic partnership, and depending on your circumstances, you might find it preferential to marriage.

Important topics to discuss prior to getting married

Any couple headed for marriage is excited, overwhelmed, nervous and elated all at once. The planning alone can cause plenty of stress leading up to the big day. With so much to take care of prior to the vows, some couples will forget to have very important discussions with their future spouses.

What drives couples to divorce?

The ease of no-fault divorce has changed the way the country views the whole situation. You can now find divorce coaches to help you get your life back on track, divorce cakes to share with your close associates and even divorce parties for the unhappy bride and groom to celebrate the end of their unfortunate marriage.

Will an inheritance be split as a marital asset?

When you're going through a divorce, one question you might have is about who is entitled to an inheritance. When you inherit money or assets during your marriage, those assets aren't considered to be marital property. Instead, the property is assigned to the person who received it as separate property. For example, if your uncle passes away and leaves you a boat in only your name, then it goes to you. If your uncle leaves you a boat and includes your spouse's name as well, then you both have a share of that asset.

3 serious reasons to consider adoption in Pennsylvania

Many children face adoption each year. They end up in the foster care system, and while many return to their original families, others never will. These children need a new, loving family like your own. You're a single person who wants to raise a child, and that's not something that should deter you. There are many good reasons to move forward with adoption.

Understanding stepparent adoptions in Pennsylvania

The most common adoption is adoption of a stepchild. This allows the stepparent to become a legal parent to his or her spouse's child. Once such an adoption takes place, the non-custodial parent has no responsibilities for or rights to the child. This includes child support.

Can I appeal a divorce judgment?

After a divorce agreement is considered final by the court, that is generally the end of negotiations. However, one or both spouses do have a right to appeal the judge's decision in a trial court to an appeals court. While this is rather unusual because appeals courts don't often overturn a judge's ruling in a divorce case, it is not unheard of.

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