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Can an app make splitting the kids' extracurricular costs easier?

It seemed like everything was finalized. You and your ex (and your attorneys) made child custody arrangements and determined child support payments.

Now, there are things that you never talked about. All the extra expenses. Who is going to pay for soccer? What about paying for hobbies that are even more difficult to track, like knitting or building model cars?

Who gets the pet in a Pennsylvania divorce?

People expect child custody cases to be complicated and contentious; they may not anticipate a similar experience when divorcing spouses are fighting over a pet. However, increasingly, animal companions are at the center of heated legal battles.

If you have a pet and are getting divorced, then you may want to prepare yourself for the challenges of resolving pet-related issues.

Grandparents: What to know if you want to adopt a grandchild

When people think about adopting a child, they often think about a young parent or couple looking to start or expand their family. However, there are millions of grandparents taking on the role of parent today.

Often, grandparents seek to adopt grandchildren not out of a desire to become parents again but out of necessity and to protect the children. In these situations, there can be some difficult emotions and problematic relationships that can make adoption by grandparents (or other relatives) quite complicated.

What does custodial interference look like?

Sharing custody of your child with his or her other parent is not an easy situation, particularly if you do not like or trust that person. You might spend much of your time worrying if your child is happy and safe, and you can become understandably upset if your ex is not complying with your custody order.

These feelings could be the result of a difficult adjustment and challenging situation, or it could be the result of custodial interference. In the event that it is custodial interference, parents should know what this looks like and what they can do about it. 

Navigating Pennsylvania’s child custody relocation rules

Whether out of necessity to take a new job or simply based on a desire to move, there may come a time when a custodial parent wants to relocate with the child. However, Pennsylvania law prevents a parent from moving without the court’s authorization if the move will impact the custodial rights of the non-custodial parent.

More than distance matters

5 ways you could be sabotaging a peaceful divorce

There is no question that divorce is one of the most difficult events a person can go through. It can be physically, emotionally and financially draining, particularly when it drags on and becomes contentious. This is why it can be so important to opt for more peaceful means of divorcing, like mediation or collaborative law.

Committing to these methods of alternative dispute resolution can be an important step in making the divorce process a little easier. However, they can quickly veer off course if one or both parties engage in certain behaviors that could sabotage a cooperative divorce.

Bird nesting: A custody trend worth examining?

Child custody is not a new issue facing Pennsylvania parents. For decades now, it has been increasingly common for parents to split time with their children after divorce or separation

However, some custody arrangements today might look very different than they did a generation ago. Instead of the traditional plan where children might just spend weekends or summers with a non-custodial parent, many are sharing near equal time with both parents. The living situations might look very different as well. This is certainly the case when we look at bird nesting arrangements.

4 ways ADR can make divorce a little easier

One of the last things divorcing spouses may want to do once they have filed for divorce is to sit in a room and make very difficult decisions together. However, as upsetting as this might seem, working together in a neutral or collaborative setting could make this process a little easier.

While every case is different, there are many benefits to resolving divorce-related matters through alternative dispute resolutions methods, including mediation and collaborative law. We examine four of these benefits below.

What factors can affect alimony awards in Pennsylvania?

Adjusting to life after marriage and divorce is a challenge. The emotional and social adjustment certainly is difficult, but so is the financial adjustment. This can be especially true if your ex (or soon-to-be ex) was the primary earner in your household.

If you are in this situation, then you may be wondering if you can collect alimony to help you after a divorce. Some people address alimony in a prenuptial agreement or in mediation, but if you cannot do this, then the courts will make a determination. In this post, we will examine some of the 17 factors that Pennsylvania courts consider when determining if alimony is necessary.

Important financial tips for later-in-life divorce

In recent years, many people over the age of 50 have filed for divorce. As the curve leans toward older Americans divorcing more often than younger Americans, it's important to think about the ramifications of divorce on finances at different stages of life.

One reason many prefer later-in-life divorce is that the children are now adults and it's easier to make such an emotional change. A downside, however, is that most workers have reached their career peak and their retirement savings are established at this point, with the intention that two people will share the total sum and not split it down the middle.

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