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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.

What can you tell me about parental alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when one child's parent attempts to interfere with the child's relationship with the other parent. It is believed that such alienation attempts can have damaging effects on the child's mental and emotional health. Any behavior that does try to alienate a child from the other parent is also a violation of the child's right to love and be loved by both parents.

Five things to do when divorcing

The prospect of divorce is not something anyone wants to think about but, when a couple is unable to work out their differences, it's an inevitable reality. However, remaining organized and keeping yourself as together as possible is essential during these difficult times. The main reason is that what you decide now will touch your life for many years. With this in mind, here are five things to do when divorcing that will help you stay organized and sane.

First steps to getting your finances in order post-divorce

Divorce can have a significant impact on your finances. Even with experienced legal guidance, the cost of living on your own as opposed to pooling your resources with your spouse for the cost of your home and household expenses requires some recalibration of your finances.

Careful estate planning can prevent battles in blended families

Having an estate plan is important, but keeping it up-to-date throughout significant changes in your life like marriage and divorce is essential. That's particularly important if you have remarried after a divorce or death of a spouse and you have children from your previous marriage.

How do you divide property after an unmarried relationship ends?

If a Pennsylvania couple is married and purchases a home together, if the relationship ends in divorce, family law will govern the process of dividing the home so that both sides of the marriage are treated fairly. However, if the couple is not married and purchase a home together, how is the house divided?

You can adopt in Pennsylvania as a person in a same-sex couple

As a same-sex couple or individual who is looking to adopt in Pennsylvania, you have all the same rights as any other traditional couple. You can extend your family by adopting or fostering a child, and there are many children who need loving, stable families to call their own.

How can child abuse by a parent be recognized?

The stress of divorcing can manifest in a multitude of ways. When children are involved, this stress can multiply leaving either parent fearful about possible mistreatment. An active mind that is already focused on the negative aspects of divorce can easily become filled with concerns about how the other parent is treating the children.

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