Family Law

Pending Divorce Action is Not a Basis for Forfeiture of Spousal Share of Husband’s Estate

Apr 19, 2018

Pending divorce action was not a basis for forfeiture of spousal share where grounds for divorce had been established where decedent had not filed his affidavit of consent to no-fault divorce, and where decedent’s removal from marital residence was not spouse’s refusal to support. In an estate litigation case, Patricia Scarpaci appealed from the order […]

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Alimony Trends

Apr 06, 2018

In the past, most alimony awards provided for payments to former wives by breadwinning husbands. As the culture has changed, so that now most marriages include two wage earners, women are viewed as less dependents, and men are more likely to be primary parents, the courts and spousal support awards have kept pace. More and […]

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Going through a Divorce Owning a Family Business? Here’s what to expect!

Feb 08, 2018

Very few life changes can impact a family business like a divorce, especially when the business is a successful and thriving establishment that has increased in value significantly over the years. For equitable distribution/divorced purposes, Spouses’ share equitably in the increase, value of the business during the marriage… Married couples rarely consider the possibility when […]

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DATING DURING DIVORCE OR SEPARATION

Jan 25, 2018

Dating during divorce can have legal consequences both for the divorcing spouse and their new partner. Dating while separated can hold up and complicate the divorce proceedings, can effect custody and visitation decisions, and rarely but possibly, depending on the state, may be grounds for a lawsuit. Effects on the Divorce Dating while going through […]

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REMARRIAGE AND ESTATE PLANNING

Aug 31, 2017

While property is clearly divided at the time of a divorce, other issues including future estate planning tend to be neglected. Once a remarriage happens, it’s important that all possible options are considered so that everyone is provided for in the future.   READ MORE….   Nothing in a divorce can ever preclude a person […]

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LEGAL SEPARATION VS. DIVORCE – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Aug 08, 2017

We’ve all heard the horror stories about celebrity divorces where $50 million is on the line and some of the frightening statistics – about 50% of marriages split. For those reasons divorce law is one of the most lucrative fields for attorneys. However, in recent times an alternative long-term solution to an unhappy marriage is […]

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Ending Your Civil Union: Know Your Options

Jul 28, 2017

Ending a civil union in Pennsylvania can sometimes be challenging. While same-sex marriages that were granted in Pennsylvania can be dissolved through the state’s divorce process, that hasn’t necessarily been the case for couples who entered a civil union in another state. It’s important to consult a civil union attorney in Philadelphia PA to understand […]

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THE BENEFITS OF DIVORCE MEDIATION

Jul 25, 2017

If you would like to avoid huge legal fees and conflict that has become part of modern day divorce, and you believe that you and your spouse could discuss matters and work them out with some guidance, mediated divorce may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Read more…… More and more courts today are […]

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HIDING ASSETS IN A DIVORCE

Jul 13, 2017

Imagine that you win millions of dollars in a lottery. Your spouse did not have a ticket. A month after you win, you file for divorce. You never disclose that you won the money or the amount of your winnings. Read more… Well over a year after the divorce, your former spouse receives a letter […]

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EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION SHOULD CONSIDER THE EXPENSES AND TAXES OF A POTENTIAL SALE

Jul 11, 2017

In the family law, equitable distribution case of Carney v. Carney, PICS No. 17-0944 (Pa. Super. May 31, 2017), the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the trial court erred in failing to consider evidence related to the potential sale of the parties’ successful trucking business before assigning the entire asset to husband as part of […]

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