When the idea of ending a Pennsylvania marriage belongs only to one spouse, the feelings of resentment, anger and hurt felt by the other party can influence how the divorce proceedings progress. Attempting to settle the couple's issues using divorce mediation may be impossible in this situation. Only when the couple is able to reach an even temporary truce does the possibility of an amicable split arise.
Many Pennsylvania couples come to the realization that they are no longer in love and their marriage has run its course. If there are children involved, parents face the dilemma between staying together for the sake of the children or getting a divorce. Ending a marriage is a difficult choice, but could prove to be better for the children in the long run.
Many Pennsylvania residents have some sort of retirement account through their employers, such as a 401(k). Not surprisingly, at least a portion of such an account may be considered marital property in the event of a divorce. Determining what portion of the account is actually considered divisible may not be as easy as a simple math problem.
There seems to be a growing trend of couples "nesting" even after the marriage is over. The concept behind nesting is that even if a couple separates or gets a divorce, the family remains intact. The parents essentially live as roommates while sharing custody of the children.
Divorce is difficult on Pennsylvania couples, but it can be even harder on children. The holidays after a divorce can be problematic when children feel torn between both parents. Parents can make the holidays enjoyable for their children by giving them something most children do not get -- two visits from Santa Claus.
By this time of year, many Pennsylvania couples that are heading for divorce make the conscious decision to put it off until January. Not many couples want to ruin Christmas for friends and family with the announcement of an impending divorce. Notwithstanding the desire to avoid negative connotations for the holidays, there are three popular reasons couples wait for the new year.
Many issues need to be resolved before a divorce can be considered final. One issue that Pennsylvania couples may not consider during the divorce is the tax ramifications of complex property division. Some of the major assets that are divided in a divorce have tax issues that can cause problems later if not contemplated and accounted for during settlement negotiations.
Pennsylvania residents may recall that, at one time, it was possible that media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his soon-to-be ex-wife Wendi Deng would have a very public divorce. However, they recently in court to announce that they had settled their issues and were ready to proceed with the divorce. The court hearing to end their marriage lasted only about 10 minutes.
Many people in Pennsylvania may want to go get their yearbooks off the shelf before getting married. If a new study is to be believed, people intending to get married may want to look at the yearbook photos of themselves and their intended spouses. According to this research, whether the person in the picture is smiling is a predictor of divorce.
Ending a marriage is one of the most emotional experiences a person will ever go through. There are a multitude of books and other self-help mediums available to help people in Pennsylvania deal with the trauma of divorce. However, only someone who has been through it can share some things.