For anyone in Pennsylvania who either isn't married or has never been through a divorce, fighting over something like air miles may seem trivial and petty. However, everything in a divorce has a monetary value -- even things like air miles. The question is what each party is willing to give up or pay for the asset in question.
The media has the tendency to portray divorced couples as never having anything to do with each other once the divorce is final. Even when couples with children are portrayed, there is only minimal contact and it's only about the children. Many Pennsylvania couples that have been or are going through a divorce know that it doesn't have to be that way.
Prenuptial agreements have long been thought to be unbreakable contracts between two people who are getting married. However, a recent case whereby a woman convinced a court that her prenup was void has begun to make people change their minds. Documents once drawn up as a guideline for divorce are now being challenged.
Divorce can be very expensive or cheap, depending on a number of factors. If the parties involved can agree on the terms, or work together to seek agreement on terms that both find acceptable, then the potential financial impact may be lessened. If you cannot agree on anything, and one party appears to be making the process as difficult as possible, the divorce could prove more costly. Assets, any minor children involved and debts owed all factor into the marital dissolution process. Those individuals in Pennsylvania that are confronting these issues have likely already learned of the potential financial pitfalls.
Once the breakup of the marriage between reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian and professional basketball player Kris Humphries became public, the media made a habit of reporting all of the latest happenings in the court proceedings. Most people in Pennsylvania will remember countless stories regarding the divorce, which is now finally coming to an end. However, before litigation could begin, the two sides reached an agreement to the terms of the divorce. Attorneys from both sides announced to the court judge in mid-April that they had reached a settlement.
Over the years, the first call traditionally made by someone seeking to end their Pennsylvania marriage was to a litigation attorney. Once both sides were armed with lawyers prepared to fight on their behalf, they all headed off to a courtroom to do battle. This type of divorce is typically seen as costly and often depicted as a scorched earth approach to marital dissolution. Collaborative divorce, on the other hand, offers a different method of untying the knot, one that is based on the premise that the parties cooperate to find amicable solutions to the financial and other issues confronting them.
A Pennsylvania divorce is typically difficult under the best of circumstances. Emotions run high, and it is easy to allow them to overtake common sense. Sometimes, one party is fighting to save the marriage while the other is already in the midst of starting divorce proceedings. Efforts to save a marriage are certainly laudable, though it is also important to recognize when the time for reconciliation has passed.
Understandably, living with a person who drinks to excess is stressful. That is as true in Pennsylvania as it is anyplace else in our country. It may come as little surprise that heavy drinking and divorce appear to go hand in hand. Reports of a study that was carried out over a number of years appear to confirm that conception.
In 2008, a married couple started a vegan ice cream business. It was a hit, attracting a faithful clientele that included the former wife of Paul McCartney. The couple's subsequent divorce in 2012 may offer some insight to Pennsylvania readers about the importance of addressing a family business when property division is being negotiated.
Pennsylvania readers may have read that Kobe Bryant, the NBA superstar, and his wife Vanessa are not getting a divorce after all. The couple has had a difficult time of things, dating back to 2003 when allegations of sexual assault involving another woman were pursued against the basketball star. While Vanessa stood by Kobe and the criminal charges were ultimately dismissed, it took an understandable toll on their marriage. Their on-again, off-again relationship took a turn for the worse in 2011 when Vanessa filed formal divorce proceedings by citing "irreconcilable differences."