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September 2012 Archives

Taxes and Pennsylvania divorce: Pay attention while negotiating

Pennsylvania divorce negotiations typically involve a wide range of issues. As a couple negotiates the dissolution of their marriage, topics such as property division, spousal maintenance, child custody and support are addressed. One issue that sometimes plays second fiddle to these divorce discussions is the tax consequence of each decision made.

Pennsylvania divorce: Think long term financially

By its very nature, a Pennsylvania divorce involves a division of income and assets while each party plans for a new life without their partner. Typically, the parties each retain an attorney and try to come to terms on a settlement, but other issues are in play as well. For one, some people confronting a divorce have an urge to spend, as if some new clothes or gifts for the kids will make everyone feel better. While it is important to pay attention to one's feelings, some note it is more important to focus on personal finances as they relate to the road ahead.

Child custody: 'Gossip Girl' star must go to France to see kids

Kelly Rutherford, the actress known for her role on the TV series "Gossip Girl," has been embroiled in child custody litigation with her ex-husband. New details have emerged from the trial which give Pennsylvania readers some indication of the basis for the court's decision. The judge ordered that the father shall be the primary residential parent of the former couple's two children. The child custody determination was unusually significant because the children will now reside with the father in France.

Be careful when badmouthing an ex in a divorce settlement

When going through any type of emotional stress, Pittsburgh residents are just as likely as anyone else to want to confide in a friend. The ability to verbalize negative feelings can help one come to terms with what they are feeling. However, in delicate cases such as divorce settlements, laying one's feelings for other people to ponder may not always be the wisest decision.

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