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Invalidating a prenup is possible under certain circumstances

A prenuptial agreement may seem like this mammoth contract, a legal steamroller that simply can't be stopped. This idea is born out of a common misunderstanding about prenups: that they are somehow immune to a legal challenge. In actuality, they are quite susceptible to a legal challenge if the circumstances warrant such a challenge.

Family law principles support 'friendly' divorce when possible

Pennsylvania family law provides for a no-fault divorce. If the parties agree to a divorce, they can allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken as the no-fault grounds. This does not necessarily eliminate issues of alimony, child custody and support. In most cases, where there is not agreement on those issues, a final divorce decree will not issue until the conflicts are resolved. There is also a family law provision that allows for a divorce after there has been a continuous two-year separation.

Family law sees changes in child custody beliefs and agreements

Pennsylvania and other states are witnessing changes in the way that child custody arrangements between parents are being handled in recent years. The changes are gradual but there is a growing concern about the needs of the children when parents separate and divorce. Creative arrangements and equal sharing are becoming more prevalent in family law courts. The old style of mother getting primary physical custody with sparse visitation to the father is disappearing from a large part of the custody landscape.

Understanding the principles of a postnuptial agreement

When two people enter a marriage, the idea in mind is to be together forever. In reality, however, many Pennsylvania couples will experience a divorce that may end up in contentious litigation over financial assets, children and property. A divorce can often be a tumultuous process, but in truth, it doesn't have to be.

Very few family law standards exist to govern transgender rights

Family law issues in Pennsylvania and nationwide are becoming more complex all the time based on the changing, sometimes-misunderstood values and cultures that now blend into many families. One of the most controversial and disputed subjects in the family law context has to do with transgender minors. Eventually, most courts will face the question of what rights, if any, do these children possess to control their bodies and their destinies.

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