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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.

Modifying a child custody agreement in Pennsylvania

Sometimes once a divorce is final, one or both spouses may feel a need to seek modifications to the judgment. Child custody agreements are often the focus of such modification attempts. After all, what worked at the time of divorce may not continue to meet the children's needs later on. Some of the factors that could prompt parents to seek divorce judgment modifications include:

Child support and enforcement in Pennsylvania

Getting divorced is almost always a difficult experience, especially if the couple shares children. In most cases, both spouses are ready to begin building new and separate lives, but there are certain issues that must first be attended to. One of these issues is child support, which can be stressful for both parents. Even after child support is decided, not all parents remain in good standing on their payments. This means enforcement options will go into effect to collect delinquent support payments.

What are the rules for grandparents' rights in Pennsylvania?

Did you know that grandparents in Pennsylvania can actually be granted child custody rights? Traditionally, if both parents had custody of the child, family law did not provide protection for grandparents and other relatives. Now, however, legal provisions enacted in the past decade offer additional legal options for relatives who have been kept away from their loved ones.

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