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January 2014 Archives

Considerations in dividing retirement accounts in a divorce

Many Pennsylvania residents have some sort of retirement account through their employers, such as a 401(k). Not surprisingly, at least a portion of such an account may be considered marital property in the event of a divorce. Determining what portion of the account is actually considered divisible may not be as easy as a simple math problem.

Does the tender years doctrine still affect fathers' rights?

Many fathers insist that family courts still favor mothers over them when it comes to granting primary custody of a couple's children. Even though the "tender years doctrine" was abolished by many states, including Pennsylvania, there still appears to be a preference toward women by family court judges. If this is true, the fathers' rights movement still has much work to do.

Avoid a complex divorce with a prenuptial agreement

In the euphoria of planning a wedding, there may not seem to be a good time for a Pennsylvania couple to discuss signing a prenuptial agreement. However, it may be better to consider it now rather than risk the possibility of a complex divorce down the road. Even though prenups have grown in popularity, it still may be difficult for individuals to broach the subject with a soon-to-be spouse.

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