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Unmarried fathers may pursue custody and visitation

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 40 percent of children born around the country are born to parents who are not married. This figure was just 18.4 percent about a decade ago according to the public health institute. There is no legal presumption of parenthood when a child is born out of wedlock, so unmarried fathers In Pennsylvania must first establish paternity if they wish to pursue custody or visitation.

Nasty financial issues often surprise divorcing women

According to a recent online marketplace survey by Worthy, 46 percent of divorced or soon-to-be divorced women face financial surprises during the separation process. Ex-wives in Pennsylvania may be taken aback by certain circumstances, including the need to go back to work, the high cost of health insurance and the price of the divorce itself.

Inheritances, IRAs and divorce property division

While inheritances are often considered separate property when Pennsylvania couples go through a divorce, inherited IRAs are playing a growing role in property division. Individual retirement accounts and other types of retirement funds are often some of the most significant assets held by a couple. Even when the couple has significant wealth, these accounts are often some of the largest, and their division requires a specific court order in order to protect their tax-favored status.

When parents resist paying child support

In some divorces in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, a certain dynamic plays out. The husband is basically satisfied with the marriage while his wife wants changes. She tries for years to discuss this with him, but nothing changes. Eventually, she files for divorce. The man is furious that what has been a comfortable arrangement for him has come to an end. Often, that anger centers on the need to pay child support.

Making a parenting schedule

Separated parents in Pennsylvania should understand how important it is to work with their exes when they develop parenting schedules for their children. A well-developed parenting schedule should divide the responsibilities that come with child custody. In addition, it reflects well on the parents if their children are able to see them working together in a positive manner.

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