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August 2015 Archives

Traditional gender roles for women could cause marital strife

According to a recent study presented at the American Sociological Association, women in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States who are in a heterosexual marriage are more likely to initiate a divorce than men. However, in relationships where the couple is not married, both genders are equally likely to initiate an end to the relationship.

Safeguarding support payments through disability insurance

While the end of a marriage can be stressful and difficult for Pennsylvania residents, a loss of child support or alimony income because of an ex-spouse's death or disability could lead to another stressful situation. The party depending on that support for meeting monthly obligations might face financial turmoil if the support suddenly ceases. The party dealing with a disability could also face some serious legal issues because of their inability to continue making payments that the court has ordered.

UIFSA governs interstate child support modification jurisdiction

Child support modification cases in Pennsylvania are often impacted by jurisdictional issues arising from the relocation of one or more of the parties. Because of one or more changes in residence, there is often uncertainty regarding the state in which a petition for modification should be filed. The choice of venue may be of critical importance because the rules governing revised support payments vary from state to state.

Pets are like children in modern divorce cases

Pennsylvania dog owners may be interested to know how custody of family pets is handled in divorce cases. In the past, pets were usually considered personal property in these types of matters, but it is becoming increasingly common for them to be treated more like the divorcing couple's children than like their possessions, with custody arrangements being the new norm.

Spousal benefits through Social Security after divorce

Because Social Security benefits are typically not accessible until the retirement years, they may not seem relevant to a Pennsylvania resident who is contemplating divorce. While pensions, 401(k) plans and other retirement assets may be subject to consideration during property division, Social Security issues can be handled apart from the divorce without involving the other party. During one's retirement years, it is possible to claim benefits on a former spouse's account without any impact on that party's own benefits. However, it may be helpful to explore the options prior to making such a claim to ensure that the best possible financial decisions are made.

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