It is important for someone who is pulled over for reckless driving to make sure they don't go on to face a DUI. Sometimes, people drive dangerously not because they are intoxicated but instead because they were distracted.
Sometimes, divorces tear people apart. Other times, the time separated can lead to reconciliation years later. Take, for example, a news article about a man who had been divorced from his ex-wife for eight years before finding out he had brain cancer.
Once your divorce is in the past, you have the opportunity to change your life for the better in the future.
Once you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it's hard to think about the divorce process. Even so, you need to consider the fact that things can go wrong in the future.
Are you married to your business partner? If so, a divorce can mean big changes for both your personal and professional lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Negotiating divorce settlements in Pennsylvania and other states is heading into uncharted territory due to the newly passed federal tax laws. For 75 years, the most established tax rule in negotiating family law settlements has been that alimony is deductible to the payer and treated as income to the recipient. Starting on Jan. 1, 2019 that is all changing, and there will be no alimony deduction to the paying party nor will the recipient pay taxes on it.