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October 2012 Archives

Pennsylvania divorce: what to do before the wedding, and after

Divorce is a part of the fabric of Pennsylvania society. The simple truth is that not all marriages last forever. Some statistics indicate that about 25 percent of marriages will be over before the tenth wedding anniversary, while 10 percent will not make it beyond the fifth one. One commentator notes the general disparity in financial circumstances between men and women after divorce, a fact that underscores the need for women to consider the potential impact of a separation occurring down the line. Almost two thirds of men are thought to enjoy a better lifestyle post-divorce, while somewhat more than one third of women will experience that.

Family law: Are marriage contracts on deck in Pennsylvania?

The old nursery rhyme "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage" has been turned on its ear in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. While love may still come first, what comes after that is up for grabs. For some, it is a prenuptial agreement. For others, it might be a postnuptial agreement. Another family law proposal currently making the media rounds is referred to as a marriage contract.

Child support by deception: what should you do?

Child support is an understandably important matter in Pennsylvania and across the country. Paid for the benefit of the children involved, child support is typically due from the noncustodial parent and remitted to the custodial parent. The payments can quickly add up to a significant sum, and few would argue that the cost of raising a child in modern society is unsubstantial. One case from another state recently tackled the question of what happens when a child support order is based on the willful deception of one of the parties.

Jamie and Frank McCourt in divorce court after the divorce

Pennsylvania readers undoubtedly are aware of two year long divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt. Frank is the former owner of the Dodgers MLB franchise. The couple finally reached an agreement in Oct. 2011, resulting in final settlement of the divorce. Jamie McCourt apparently received a $131 million settlement, though she is now headed back to court on the west coast amid claims of fraud in the divorce negotiations.

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