Archive: Tag: Divorce

Jun
20
2019

MEDIATION OF DIVORCE AND CUSTODY CASES

Spouses and parents who are separating often use mediation as a method of resolving potential legal disputes.  Mediation is an informal process through which an impartial, third party mediator works with the former couple to resolve their disagreements together instead of letting the judge decide their case.  Mediators do not make decisions like a judge, […]

Jan
30
2017

Same Sex Marriage: Pennsylvania allows dissolution of same sex civil unions under divorce laws

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has recently ruled that same sex civil unions may be dissolved in Pennsylvania under the same laws that apply to married couples. The significance of the decision in this case, Neyman v. Buckley, is easier to understand from a historical perspective. In 2000, Vermont became the first state to allow civil […]

Jul
06
2016

Prenuptial Agreement: How to Prepare

Prenuptial Agreement: How to prepare for potential divorce before you get married, Part III of a series regarding property division and divorce. A prenuptial agreement, which is sometimes referred to as a “premarital agreement,” or a “prenup,” may be prepared and executed by two people before they get married in order to protect their interest […]

Jun
07
2016

Property Settlement in Divorce: What do I deserve?

Part II of a series regarding property settlement in a divorce. When you divorce in Pennsylvania, the law requires that the property acquired during the marriage will be divided “equitably” between you and your spouse. In our most recent article about property division, we described what assets should be considered as “marital property” and what […]

May
27
2016

Marital Property: Do I have to share my property with my spouse when we divorce?

[Part 1 of a series regarding marital property, division and divorce] When you get a divorce in Pennsylvania, the law requires that the property acquired during the marriage will be divided “equitably” between you and your spouse. According to the Divorce Code, at 23 Pa.C.S.A. §3501(a), marital property is defined as “all property acquired by […]