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April 2016 Archives

Factors in making a decision about divorce

Pennsylvania couples who are undecided about whether or not to get a divorce might take several factors into account. For example, if they have children, they might make a bigger effort to repair the relationship. However, this is only a good idea if the parents can truly model a healthy relationship for their children. Furthermore, if the children are in any danger due to mistreatment from the other parent, divorce may be the best alternative.

Unequal inheritances and sibling disputes

Siblings can bicker over various issues involving their parents, including their estate plans. Probate can tie up an estate in the Pennsylvania court system, especially if there are challenges to a parent's wishes or if a parent dies without a will. Parents might make decisions about their assets that can be viewed negatively by the children, which makes clarity a matter of great importance during the estate planning process.

Amending a trust document correctly

Pennsylvania residents may wish to amend a trust document for many different reasons. Beneficiaries named in the original trust may have died, there may be new beneficiaries to name or there may be changes to the assets that are controlled by the trust. Whatever reasons they have, it is important that they make the amendments correctly.

Child abuse claims and parental alienation

The term 'parental alienation" may come up from time to time in Pennsylvania family courts. Parental alienation is when one parent badmouths the other parent to their children so often that the children turn against a parent they used to love. Some people believe that parental alienation is a form of brainwashing, and children who have been alienated from one parent can be made to present false testimony about abuse.

Wills let people control where their assets go after death

Most people would not want someone else controlling what they can do with the assets they worked hard all their lives to acquire, but that is what can happen if an individual dies without a will. Wills allow people to choose how the distribution of their property is to be handled after they die. Not having a will means that assets are distributed according to Pennsylvania intestacy law rather than according to the wishes of the individual who owned them.

Prenups for Pennsylvania business owners

When people start a business, one of the last things on their mind is likely to be the effect that a divorce could have on their new organization. However, due to the way that asset division works, they could end up losing a significant amount of interest in their business during a divorce, so it may be a good idea to enter into a prenuptial agreement.

Challenges in collecting child support arrearages

A Pennsylvania parent who tries to keep up with child support payments could fall behind for something as simple as lost work time related to seasonal conditions or health issues. For example, a construction worker might not be able to work during severe winter weather, which could result in a financial setback. As arrears add up, the situation can have an adverse effect on both the children for whom the support is paid and on the parent owing that support.

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