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September 2013 Archives

Property division or child custody? Fertility measures discussed

When Pennsylvania couples marry, discussion about starting a family may come soon after. For some, having children is not always an easy undertaking, and they may feel the need to take certain fertility measures. Freezing embryos for future implantation is a route some couples take, but legal issues could arise if a couple decides to divorce. Determining whether those embryos should be discussed in terms of property division or child custody could complicate separation proceedings.

Do young people need an estate plan?

Young people who are just striking out on their own have a lot on their minds and many challenges ahead of them. Whether they are heading off to college or starting a first job, independence can be both thrilling and daunting and can present a wide variety of questions that were not a concern in their high school years. However, while money and jobs and where to live can be top of mind for young adults, parents might want to consider having a less expected conversation with their burgeoning adult children about estate planning. 

Keep your estate plans in touch with the digital age

When most people first begin to address their estate plans, they often look at big assets like a home or their retirement account. While these are certainly important things to include in an estate plan, Pennsylvania readers should not forget about smaller matters that also have a big impact. For example, what will happen to your email account after you are gone?

Man may seek custody and visitation rights if found to be dad

When the paternity of a child comes into question, serious custody issues could arise. There are many instances in which a biological father may not wish to be a part of a child's life, but there are also cases in which a person may believe he is the biological father of a child and want to enact certain rights regarding custody and visitation. However, if the situation is not handled in the correct manner, kidnapping charges could be filed.

Estate planning matters even for the typical working family

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that estate planning is only for the super-rich who need to dodge taxes and pass along their fortune to their kids. The opposite is actually true, in that estate planning has many more facets than tax avoidance and that even those issues are relevant for more modest families. 

Unrecognized unions pose problem for same-sex couples and divorce

Being allowed the opportunity to marry has been something for which many same-sex couples have been fighting for an extended period of time. There has been much joy in many areas when a state legalizes same-sex marriage, but what many may fail to realize is what that means for same-sex couples and divorce. While divorce is not often celebrated, those couples who have been wanting to divorce but could not due to their unions not being recognized in states they may have moved to could feel differently.

Fathers' rights groups hope to gain attention for child custody

The relationships children have with their parents can shape their lives significantly. They often base future relationships on their examples set by their parents, and when parents get divorced, that separation can have a considerable impact on parent-child relationships and other interpersonal interactions. Child custody decisions can greatly affect how children interact with their parents, and while mothers seem to be granted custody more often than fathers, it is important to remember the father's stance as well.

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