There is a big misconception about some couples and divorce. In the absence of incidents of domestic violence or any forms of abuse, couples who still engage in fights with one another may be in no danger of winding up in divorce court.
It's critical to understand how alimony -- often called spousal support -- works in Pennsylvania. After all, if you or your ex are ordered to pay, it becomes a legal obligation that can have a lasting impact on your financial situation for years to come.
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.
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.
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.
One state bill that stands out against several others proposes shortening the amount of time a birth mother has to change her mind about adoption. Several people and agencies involved with adoption recently weighed in on the subject.
One of the biggest struggles for parents in unhappy marriages is determining whether it's healthier for their children if they stay together or go their separate ways.
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.
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.
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?