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Family law issues don't end with a final divorce settlement

Whether a couple came to a final settlement through mediation, collaborative divorce or in court, the parties probably spent a great deal of time painstakingly advocating for their individual financial futures. Once all the paperwork is signed and the court has closed the case, many Pennsylvania residents may believe that they have nothing more to do. The truth is that the family law issues for most couples do not end at that point. Often, more work needs to be done.

Not all family law attorneys are created equal

In many cases, when Pennsylvania residents search for an attorney, it is due to some sort of crisis. They are often experiencing one of the lowest times in their lives, and need help to get through it. This is often the case in family law matters, and choosing the right representation makes a difference.

Will 2018 be a busy year in family law?

According to reports, big changes are coming in the Internal Revenue Code in 2018. One of those changes could mean a busy year for those who work in family law here in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. That's because it appears that the final version of the new tax bill contains a provision that beginning Jan. 1, 2019, those who pay spousal support (alimony) will no longer get a tax break for making those payments.

You may need a family law attorney for more than just divorce

These days, it is difficult to have a friend or family member who has not been through a divorce. This may be the only area of family law with which you are familiar. However, family law encompasses far more than just divorce and the issues of property division and support that go along with it.

Family law: Divorce may mean tough decisions about the home

Pennsylvania couples have many concerns when they decide to divorce. There is great uncertainty ahead, and adjusting to post-divorce life may be a new experience. One area of comfort is often the family home, and there may be disagreements in court over how to divide the equity in that home. In some family law proceedings, one or the other spouse will want to remain in the home, especially if there are children in the marriage.

Common issues bring couples to family law court

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, within the first five years of marriage, 20 percent of couples have already separated. As the years pass, more couples part ways until more than half are no longer together. While some researchers strive to find deep-rooted causes of divorce, psychologists may agree that every couple typically goes through the same kinds of difficulties. Some Pennsylvania couples find their marriages strengthened by the trials, and others find themselves seeking divorces in family law court.

Family law study connects divorce to teenage drama

Any Pennsylvania parent who has weathered the years when their kids were teens can attest to the tension in the household. While teen boys bring with them their own challenges, most parents agree that the drama and emotion of a teenage girl can set an entire family on edge. Researchers recently looked into the effect of teenagers on family law issues and discovered some surprising correlations.

Family law attorney can assist with remarriage prenup

Given the statistics, it may seem inconceivable that so many divorced people in Pennsylvania and across the country marry a second or even third time. With each consecutive marriage, the odds of ending in divorce go higher, and some who remarry find themselves divorcing for the same reasons that ended their previous relationships. Nevertheless, family law advisors suggest some steps couples can take to improve their chances of staying together as well as protecting themselves if the marriage goes badly.

Three things to ask in an initial consultation

The fear of the unknown is arguably the worst type of fear. This is especially difficult if you are facing a divorce or a child custody dispute for the first time. Perhaps you have heard horror stories about how unfair the court system may be or how expensive it is to have your day in court.

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