Pennsylvania fans of the reality show "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood Season 4" are familiar with Keyshia Cole and former NBA player Daniel Gibson. After a seven-year marriage and the birth of a son, the two have decided to divorce. The show has addressed some of the issues the two have gone through during and since filing for divorce.
Divorce can cost a lot. Aside from the emotional, and sometimes physical, toll it takes on couples going through it, it can also hit both parties in the wallet. Most Pennsylvania couples will not have come close to spending the amount one socialite has paid out as she seeks a divorce from her billionaire husband.
A divorce between a Pennsylvania couple can go smoothly, with complete agreement on every point of asset division, or it can be a battle, where every little detail involves a mental and emotional struggle. Most separations fall somewhere in between those two. The divorce between Margo Rey and comedian Ron White appears to be full of contention.
Sports fans in Pennsylvania who follow the personal lives of their favorite superstars know many who get married do not stay married. A divorce for those who fit in that category can sometimes be difficult, as they rarely play for a team based in their home state. Such is the case for MLB shortstop, Addison Russell, and his estranged wife.
Splitting up assets and determining details on child custody and financial support is not easy for a Pennsylvania couple going through a divorce. Spelling out those many of those terms in a prenuptial agreement before getting married may make it easier should the couple subsequently decide to divorce. Although many people see drawing up a prenup as planning for divorce, it is actually more of a protective measure -- some refer to it as an insurance policy -- just in case it does happen.
The time-frame for a final decree for Pennsylvania couples wanting to end their marriages varies based on a number of factors. It can take as long as six months from the date of the filing for the judge to rule the marriage terminated. One woman is seeking an emergency, or bifurcated, divorce from her husband, a notorious businessman in the city in which they live.
When many Pennsylvania couples decide to separate, they follow through fairly quickly with a definitive ending to the marriage. In recent years, it seems no couple has vacillated more than Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck when it comes to getting a divorce. For nearly two years, there has been no ultimate resolution to the question of will they or will they not go through with a divorce.
Couples in Pennsylvania who have made the often difficult decision to end their marriage also have other choices to make. Many divorce petitions include requests for dividing assets, child support and custody arrangements and alimony. One state has just become the first to require judges to consider the welfare of any pets owned by the couple when they make their final ruling on a divorce.
Pennsylvania HGTV fans have now heard the news that "Flip or Flop" show hosts, Tarek and Christina El Moussa have been separated since last May. There has been no official word of divorce, but there are confirmations that they are each dating other people. Through their television show, their net worth has grown substantially, leaving people to wonder how the assets will be divided should a divorce actually happen.
Most Pennsylvania couples enter their marriages believing they will truly last a lifetime. Divorce is often not a blip on their radars in the beginning. However, marriage is challenging and unless steps are taken to guard against them, problems could develop at some point down the road. When they do and both parties cannot seem to work through them, divorce may be the best choice.