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February 2013 Archives

Don't let your emotions rule a Pennsylvania divorce

A Pennsylvania divorce is typically difficult under the best of circumstances. Emotions run high, and it is easy to allow them to overtake common sense. Sometimes, one party is fighting to save the marriage while the other is already in the midst of starting divorce proceedings. Efforts to save a marriage are certainly laudable, though it is also important to recognize when the time for reconciliation has passed.

Unconscionable child support enforcement earns court rebuke

There are a variety of enforcement actions available against those that owe back child support in Pennsylvania. Some options include garnishment of wages, interception of federal and state tax returns, and even the threat of jail. In circumstances where an individual owes more than $2,500 in child support arrears, the U.S. Department of State will even freeze an individual's passport. That happened recently to one father from a southeastern state. However, it appears he did not even owe the amounts claimed.

Heavy drinking more likely to cause a Pennsylvania divorce

Understandably, living with a person who drinks to excess is stressful. That is as true in Pennsylvania as it is anyplace else in our country. It may come as little surprise that heavy drinking and divorce appear to go hand in hand. Reports of a study that was carried out over a number of years appear to confirm that conception.

Pennsylvania divorce: How best to divide up a family business

In 2008, a married couple started a vegan ice cream business. It was a hit, attracting a faithful clientele that included the former wife of Paul McCartney. The couple's subsequent divorce in 2012 may offer some insight to Pennsylvania readers about the importance of addressing a family business when property division is being negotiated.

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