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Man who fled country owes $1.6 million in back child support

A record of sorts has reportedly been set by a man for owing more child support than any other individual in the country. Pennsylvania readers may be interested in following the case, which recently took a turn for the worse for the accused man when he was arrested by federal authorities after six years away from the country. It is a federal crime to leave the United States for the purpose of avoiding the payment of child support.

Family law: Are marriage contracts on deck in Pennsylvania?

The old nursery rhyme "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage" has been turned on its ear in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. While love may still come first, what comes after that is up for grabs. For some, it is a prenuptial agreement. For others, it might be a postnuptial agreement. Another family law proposal currently making the media rounds is referred to as a marriage contract.

Child support by deception: what should you do?

Child support is an understandably important matter in Pennsylvania and across the country. Paid for the benefit of the children involved, child support is typically due from the noncustodial parent and remitted to the custodial parent. The payments can quickly add up to a significant sum, and few would argue that the cost of raising a child in modern society is unsubstantial. One case from another state recently tackled the question of what happens when a child support order is based on the willful deception of one of the parties.

New relationships can affect Pittsburgh spousal support, custody

The stress of going through a divorce is well-known, and while much of this dissipates after a settlement is finalized, divorced Pittsburgh residents know the stress can continue long after a split. With spousal support and child support payments, ex-spouses can remain tied to one another long after divorce. When children are involved, too, former spouses might continue to be in each other's lives for the benefit of their children, which can cause problems for parents looking to move on in their lives.

Complex divorce: keep your credit rating

Although a divorce alone will not ruin an individual's credit, there are certain financial issues that if left unsolved can have a large impact. In a complex divorce, these issues can often be overlooked by Pennsylvania couples who are looking to come to a resolution of their divorce quickly. With a little care, however, these financial oversights do not need to have long lasting effects.

Pittsburgh couples can benefit from a speedy divorce settlement

Pittsburgh readers of this blog have likely not been able to escape news of one of the country's latest celebrity divorces: the split between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. In latest news, many are impressed by the speed in which this former couple settled their divorce. While this is nearly unheard of in celebrity divorces, this sort of quick divorce settlement is a growing trend among divorcing couples.

How is life insurance managed in a Pittsburgh divorce settlement?

When a Pittsburgh couple divorces, there are numerous factors that go into the process. Assets and property have to be divided, child custody and support agreements may have to be made, as well as issues of spousal support. However, there are many smaller, but impactful, factors that must also be decided that could fall by the wayside in a divorce settlement.

Should VA disability benefits be used in spousal support?

Veteran's Administration (VA) disability benefits, as Pennsylvania veterans who may receive these benefits may know, are exempt from taxation as well as claims by creditors, attachment, or seizure. However, can VA disability benefits be considered when calculating spousal support in the event of a divorce?

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