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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?

Misconception: divorce harms children

In divorce cases in Pennsylvania and anywhere else in the country, matters are often made more complicated when the best interests of a child or multiple children must be considered. Parents may have to set aside any tensions they feel toward one another, and work together to settle issues in a manner that will most benefit their children.

Separation brings divorce more often than reconciliation

Nearly every child who sees their parents separate holds onto that dream that they will eventually see them together again. Many couples who find themselves separating may even hold this hope that they or their partner can resolve the issues between them. However, these couples often find that marriage is not meant for them and do end up moving toward divorce rather than getting back together. In fact, 79 percent of couples who separate in Pennsylvania and across the country end up divorcing.

Soldiers to be happy about child custody law changes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania soldiers likely have a lot of gratitude toward one state senator. This woman was inspired to create a bill ensuring that no judge could change a child custody arrangement whose parent is an active-duty member of the military. She found inspiration when she heard of one set of grandparents not being allowed to see their grandson while their son was serving his country overseas in Iraq.

Divorce for older Pennsylvania couples may be increasing

In the past, divorce for older couples was seen as something that just wasn't done in Pennsylvania. After all, after spending a large amount of time with each other in marriage, many couples grew comfortable in their relationship and didn't want to end it, even if they were unhappy in their marriage. Most older couples who filed for divorce 20 years ago did it for reasons of infidelity or abuse.

Positive co-parenting in shared child custody is important

Pennsylvania parents may agree that parenting can be hard enough when parents are married and living together. This takes on a whole new level of difficulty when parents divorce and find themselves saddled with stressed, negative emotions toward their ex-spouse while also adjusting to a whole new lifestyle. Even with the fairest child custody agreement, these feelings can still exist between ex-spouses, and can often hold negative consequences for the children involved.

Couples seeking divorce shouldn't forget about their taxes

When going through a divorce, Pennsylvania couples are faced with a broad range of decisions to make, as well as various properties and assets to divide. These decisions sometimes come all at once, and in a rather short amount of time. When a divorce is going badly, with one or both parties frustrated or angry with the other, these decisions can be even tougher to make. In these circumstances, some decisions may be overlooked or rushed when they should really be considered just as carefully as every other.

Living together before marriage no longer a sign of divorce

It was once commonly thought that living with your significant other before you got married significantly raised the chances of a divorce later on in life. But today, with nearly half of marriages ending in divorce within 20 years, the thought of living together might sound like a good thing. Luckily for Pennsylvania couples, a new study suggests that living together before you get married might not be a relevant indicator of the chances for a divorce later on in life. Or, at least, it hasn't indicated that the chances of divorce increase.

Baby boomer divorce is booming in Pennsylvania and nationwide

Divorce rates are growing among baby boomers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as more people are reaching the ages of 50 and older. For this demographic group, the rate of divorce has doubled in the last two decades, despite a general decline in national divorce rates since the 1980's. Additionally, many of these individuals are not new to the divorce process, and have seen at least one other divorce in their lives.

Smoking could change your custody agreement

If you had a new year's resolution to quit smoking, it might be a good idea to follow through with it if you are in the midst of a divorce and fighting for custody of your children. Going through a divorce is tough enough, but now custody and visitation of your children could come into play if you are a cigarette smoker. There have been recent cases of parents that smoke losing custody privileges.

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