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Parents: Why it's important to have formal court orders in place

When parents separate or divorce, the relationship typically doesn't just end overnight. There can be a transition period during which people are not together but not completely separate, either. People might break up and reconcile briefly; they might live together but end their relationship; they could spend months or longer navigating the divorce process.

If you are (or will be) in a transition period like this, it can be crucial to have some structure for guidance and to protect your children as you navigate the process of splitting up. This structure can come in the form of formal orders for child custody and child support.

Back-to-school tips for co-parents

In a matter of weeks, kids across Pennsylvania will be back in school. If you are a parent, this can mean soaking in the last weeks of summer vacation with your kids and doing some back-to-school shopping.

If you are a co-parent, however, you should also think about getting your parenting plans ready for the new school year. Below are some tips for how you can do this.

How to know if you are being emotionally abused

Fighting is an inevitable part of most marriages and long-term relationships. Most couples simply do not agree about everything. However, there is a difference between getting into a squabble with your partner and facing emotional abuse at the hands of the one you love. Unfortunately, emotional abuse tactics can be subtle, and this line is not always clear. If you are questioning whether you are experiencing emotional abuse, you should watch for certain behaviors.

How your age can determine alimony payments

Divorce can be a stressful process at any age it occurs. If you were not the primary earner in your marriage, it can place a large hindrance on your immediate and far future financial goals.

However, age is an important factor that Pennsylvania courts consider when deciding the amount of alimony that your ex could owe you. It is critical that you are aware of the different ways your age can determine alimony payments before you head to court.

Prenuptial agreements: A trend worth considering?

People in their 20s and 30s are unlike older generations in many ways, from their style and personal habits to their financial challenges and familiarity with technology. These differences extend to their relationships, as well.

For instance, according to recent surveys, millennials are more likely to have prenuptial agreements than previous generations. 

What's the difference between a closed and open adoption?

If you want to adopt a child, you have a lot of important decisions to make. One such important decision is whether you prefer an open or closed adoption.

In this post, we will explain the differences between the types of adoptions and what you should consider before making any decisions about adoption.

How can cryptocurrency complicate a divorce?

When it comes to divorce, owning cryptocurrency can complicate a situation that may already be delicate. Splitting typical assets such as other funds and properties may already be a challenge. Now, there is an intangible and very valuable asset that can create additional disputes.

Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies are a trending form of investment. Bitcoin itself has been around for nearly a decade. However, its value has risen significantly over the last few years. Those who invested have reaped the benefits of trading and working with the currency. It is strictly digital and can be purchased, traded and transferred anonymously online.

Co-parents: Your child might be ready for college. Are you?

Co-parenting or sharing custody of your child with another parent is undoubtedly a challenge. Just when you seem to get into a stable routine, something changes and shakes everything up.

For instance, if your child is getting ready for college -- or even just starting to think about it -- you may find yourself confronting some new parenting challenges.

4 people who can help you through divorce

Divorce can be an isolating, emotional experience for many people, whether the split is amicable or contentious. You might be feeling scared, misunderstood and confused about your current situation and future, and you may not know what to do.

Of course, friends and family members can provide immeasurable support during difficult times. However, as this Forbes article points out, certain professionals can have the experience and perspective loved ones may not when it comes to navigating divorce. 

Can you date during your divorce proceedings?

While it may seem premature or taboo, there is no law that prevents separated spouses from being in relationships with other people during their divorce proceedings. Your soon to be former spouse cannot prevent you from dating or even demand that you receive less property in your divorce simply because you are in a new relationship. This does not mean, however, that there are not circumstances where a new relationship could throw a wrench into your custody and divorce matters.  

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