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April 2014 Archives

Children do not care who gets the house or the car in the divorce

It can be easy for Pennsylvania couples to become embroiled in a court battle over who gets the house, car or some other asset in a divorce. It is almost as if that asset becomes the eye of the property division storm, and neither party is going to give it up without a fight. These divorce battles can become so consuming that the parties forget about everything else -- even if for just a short time.

Michael Jackson's mother embroiled in custody dispute

Most Pennsylvania residents know that, after Michael Jackson's death, his mother was given custody of his three children. Now, the children are at the center of a custody dispute between her and Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two oldest children. She is asking for custody not only of her two biological children, but also for guardianship of Jackson's youngest son.

Many tax situations change after a Pennsylvania divorce

Many married couples in Pennsylvania file joint federal and state tax returns. Both spouses share equally in tax deductions and credits, such as claiming the children as dependents and deducting the interest from a mortgage on the family home. After a divorce, some of those tax savings often disappear for one or both spouses, depending on the circumstances.

Handling tax time during the negotiation of a divorce settlement

Putting the words divorce and taxes into the same sentence may make some Pennsylvania residents cringe. However, taxes are an important consideration when negotiating a divorce settlement. The parties may have been living apart for months, but according to the IRS, as long as no final decree has been filed, a couple is still married for tax purposes.

How do Pennsylvania couples know it is time to divorce?

Many divorced Pennsylvania residents look back at their marriages and wonder what took them so long to make the decision to end it. This is because, when they look back, the signs that a divorce was coming seemed so obvious. For couples that are still married, but not happy with the way things are, some signs may be present that it could be time to leave.

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