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What are the requirements to divorce in Pennsylvania?

Sometimes, marriages just don't work out. It's not necessarily one person or the other's fault, sometimes people just grow apart. Pennsylvania law provides a remedy for those in that situation, it's called divorce. If you're looking to move on with your life here in Cranberry Township, then you'll want to apprise yourself of the requirements that you must meet to do so.

Why settle a divorce rather than going to trial?

Many New Jersey couples may find themselves trapped in a conflict when they decide to divorce. Before they decided to end the marriage, they may have found themselves arguing frequently and disagreeing about almost everything. As a result, it may seem like it is almost impossible to negotiate a settlement and there is no choice but to go to trial. However, many people may prefer to settle their divorce in order to save time and money, even if they have a conflicted relationship with their estranged spouse.

How conflict with a spouse can hurt the divorce process

The divorce process can bring up many emotions for people in Pittsburgh, including anger and frustration. This could cause a person to lash out at a spouse. However, this can be harmful and might even affect how property is divided or child custody decisions are made.

Why a person could want a prenuptial agreement

Pennsylvania residents and others who are planning on getting married in the near future may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. Such an agreement is ideal for anyone who has assets that they want to protect or for anyone who is thinking about starting a business in the near future. It isn't uncommon for wealthy parents or other family members to insist that individuals create custom marriage contracts before their weddings take place.

Gray divorces have doubled since 1990, study says

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that divorces involving couples over the age of 50 - which are also referred to as 'gray divorces" - have increased significantly in the United States, according to one study. Although the percentage of couples getting divorced has declined on the whole, the rate of gray divorce doubled from 1990 to 2010.

Coping financially with divorce at an older age

The Pew Research Center reports that divorce among older people has doubled since the 1990s, and for people age 65 and older, rates are three times as high. At the same time, divorce among younger people is on the decline. This means that older people in Pittsburgh may be more likely to get a divorce than their younger counterparts, and this can leave them with certain financial challenges.

Early distribution and dividing an IRA in a divorce

When people in Pittsburgh get a divorce, they will need to divide their property. In some cases, this can be complex. For example, people who have an IRA may have already begun taking distributions from it despite not being 59 1/2 years old. If this is for certain approved reasons, the person will not have to pay a 10% penalty. However, it is unclear whether dividing the account in a divorce is considered a modification.

Starting the year without the stress of an unhappy marriage

More people file for divorce in January than any other month. There are a couple of reasons that marriages in Pittsburg and across the country tend to end in this month as opposed to the others. In many cases, unhappy spouses wait to file for divorce until after the holidays to allow their children to end the year with happy memories. For others, divorce may be part of their New Year's resolutions.

How prenups can benefit engaged couples

When most couples in Pennsylvania get engaged, they want to focus on the joy and excitement that surrounds their relationship. The last thing that most of them want to talk about is a prenuptial agreement. After all, this makes some feel like a marriage is doomed for failure from the get-go. On the contrary, discussing a prenuptial agreement offers several benefits.

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