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How Your Planning (Or Failure To Plan) Affects Loved Ones

When you are doing your long-term planning and completing a will, one of your top priorities (if not the top priority) should be to document and protect your wishes. However, it is also critical to prioritize your loved ones' welfare as well. 

To do this, it is helpful to stop and think about what life will be like for your family if you take shortcuts or fail to plan thoroughly.

3 Things That Change When Older Couples Divorce

While once considered almost unheard of, divorcing after the age of 50 is more common than ever. In fact, since the 1990s, the number of people divorcing after the age of 50 has doubled, and the number of people divorcing after the age of 65 has tripled.

Divorcing later in life may no longer be unheard of, but it is still something that is new to most people who go through this difficult process. And while you probably don't have to think about child support or parenting plans, there are a few major changes to consider when you go through divorce at an older age.

Can I Keep My Kids From Blowing Their Inheritance?

Parents go to great lengths to protect their kids, and this includes setting aside money and property to pass on to them after parents pass away. If you are like many Pennsylvania parents, you probably want to maximize the financial gifts you leave to your kids. However, you probably also want to ensure they don't waste the inheritance you worked so hard to leave behind.

If you want to keep your heirs from blowing through large monetary gifts, then you can attach some strings to their inheritance. Below are some common "strings" you might want to consider.

3 Situations Where You Might Request a Paternity Test

Being a parent is about more than the biological connection you may or may not have with a child. Any adoptive or stepparent can attest to this. However, there are situations in which paternity testing to confirm or challenge a biological relationship between father and child becomes necessary.

Below, we examine three scenarios in which a mother, presumptive father or other party might want to request a paternity test.

3 estate planning tools for people in same-sex relationships

Estate planning is essential for any person. However, as this NerdWallet article points out, same-sex partners can be challenged more often than opposite-sex partners when it comes to end-of-life care and decisions. Further, the probate process can be particularly thorny when the person who passes away has estranged family members or relatives who did not agree with his or her relationship.

To minimize conflict and provide clear direction on what should happen with your assets, it is crucial that you complete a few estate planning documents if you are unmarried and in a same-sex relationship.

What you need to know about alimony in Pennsylvania

If you are involved in a contentious or bitter divorce, the last thing you probably want to do is give money to your ex after you are no longer married. However, this is unavoidable for people ordered to pay alimony in Pennsylvania.

Unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place or resolve this issue through mediation, the courts in this state will make determinations on alimony. They will order alimony, or spousal support, when they deem it necessary. In order to assess whether it is actually necessary, the court will consider several relevant factors, including:

What Can I Do With My Assets If I Have No Children?

People spend their whole lives working and saving money so they have enough to retire and so their medical expenses can be met should the need later arise. In many cases, some of this money, as well as other assets, will remain after a person has passed away.

If you leave behind a spouse or children, it can be easy to simply name them as your beneficiaries. However, if you are no longer married and/or if you have no kids, then it can be more difficult to decide to whom you can leave your assets. Below are a few ideas for anyone in this perplexing position.

What factors do courts consider when calculating child support?

It is no longer uncommon or stigmatized to be an unmarried parent. Some studies suggest about half of all marriages end in divorce, while younger people are putting off marriage altogether, making single parenting very common. In Pennsylvania alone, about one-third of all children live in single-parent households, according to statistics.

This means that thousands and thousands of parents in this state need to be familiar with child support guidelines and orders. If you are getting divorced or recently had a child out of wedlock, then you should begin by understanding how support is calculated in this state.

What Does The Court Consider When Calculating Child Support?

Thousands of parents in this state need to be familiar with child support guidelines and orders. If you are getting divorced or recently had a child out of wedlock, then you should begin by understanding how support is calculated in this state.

In order to determine how much a parent must pay in support, the courts will take into account the following factors:

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