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Is There Alimony in Pennsylvania Law? How Is It Calculated?

Pennsylvania courts award “reasonable” alimony when the court determines that alimony is “necessary”.  Unfortunately, all too often what you may think is reasonable and necessary and what the court thinks is reasonable and necessary are often two very different things.  So how does a court determine when alimony is necessary and what amount of alimony …

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Is Inheritance Marital Property in PA?

In Pennsylvania, marital assets must be equitably divided before the divorce can become final.  The term “equitably” does not mean “equal”.  It generally means “fair”. To determine how to equitably divide the assets, the first step is to determine which assets are marital and which assets are non-marital.  Divorce attorneys will often assemble a list …

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Basics of Annulment in Pennsylvania: Some Important Considerations

There are distinct differences between a divorce and an annulment.  An annulment refers to a Court Order declaring that a marriage is void.  In other words, an annulment is a declaration that the marriage never legally existed.  A divorce, on the other hand, is a Court Order or Decree declaring that the parties are no …

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Uncontested Divorce in Pennsylvania: The Pros and Cons

Many individuals facing a divorce in Pennsylvania view it as a one-two punch.  First, there are the rather deep emotional challenges of breaking up with your spouse and starting a whole new life for yourself and all of the uncertainties that go along with that.  Second, there are the legal challenges that include lawyers and …

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Pennsylvania Marital Settlement Agreements aka Property Settlement Agreements Make Divorce Easier

A Pennsylvania divorce can be a relatively simple process or a lengthier, more complicated one.  Divorces are usually more complicated when other related matters such as child custody, child support, spousal support, alimony and division of marital property are involved.  Each of these matters must be resolved prior to the entry of the divorce decree.   …

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Pennsylvania Divorce And The New Collaborative Law Act

In late 2018, Pennsylvania enacted the Collaborative Law Act.  The collaborative law process provides Pennsylvania divorcing couples and other family members with a voluntary procedure to resolve claims and disputes without intervention from the courts.  The collaborative law concerns the following matters: Marriage, divorce and annulment Equitable distribution of marital property Child custody Child support …

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Do You Have to Change Your Name After a Divorce?

Many women wish to revert back to their maiden name after a divorce, and they can easily complete this process as part of the final divorce agreement. However, sometimes there are reasons to keep your husband’s name after a divorce. At The Martin Law Firm, our experienced attorneys are prepared to sit down with your …

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How to Obtain a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act protects you and your children from the threat or act of physical or sexual abuse. The court system can provide protection from an abuser through the use of a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA). It is incredibly important if you are in fear of abuse that you understand how …

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How to Adopt a Stepchild in Pennsylvania: Five Crucial Steps

Stepchild adoption is one of the most common types of adoption in the United States. It can be a wonderful experience for the parent and child to know that there is that level of love and affection in their family. However, adoption of a stepchild in Pennsylvania is a process that can be complicated by …

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Do I have to pay child support if I have 50/50 custody?

Pennsylvania allows for parents to share custody of a minor child after a divorce, and in some cases, that custody is split equally, 50/50. This can lead to some confusion over whether either parent is required to pay child support, since the common determination of child support is typically that the noncustodial parent pays child …

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