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May 2016 Archives

State divorce laws differ

Pennsylvania residents who are considering ending their marriage should be cautious when well-meaning friends and family start offering advice on the divorce process. Why? Because divorce laws are different in all 50 states. If the person offering the advice is from a different state, the information that is offered may not apply to a Pennsylvania divorce.

50 Cent asked to pay more child support for son's education

Pennsylvania fans of rapper 50 Cent may have heard that he has a difficult relationship with his son and his ex, Shaniqua Thompkins, who is requesting more child support for their 19-year-old son Marquise so that she can pay for his college education. Their child support agreement stipulates that 50 Cent pay support for Marquise until he is 21. 50 Cent currently pays $6,700 monthly.

People can now crowdfund a divorce

Couples in Pennsylvania who worry about how they will be able to pay for a divorce have a new option available to them: crowdfunding. This strategy has helped individuals acquire medical treatments, support a community cause, pay for a honeymoon and launch a new business. Now, individuals can tap into this strategy to fund their marital split

Music mogul ordered to pay wife in child support case

People in Pennsylvania who are in the midst of a dispute over child support can take heart in the reality that these issues can affect anyone. Whether it is a person of limited means or a person who has significant assets and income, there is always a chance of a disagreement over issues of support. Such is the case with the music mogul Master P, as he has been ordered by the court to pay both child support and spousal support to Sonya Miller, his estranged wife.

Staying smart in divorce negotiations

Ending a marriage can be a challenge, but doing so carelessly could result in greater losses for a Pennsylvania resident. Getting out of a marriage quickly could save a lot of money by minimizing the legal fees, but signing a divorce agreement without thinking through the long-term implications could result in significant financial and emotional difficulties in the future.

Control of a parent's estate after death

Sibling rivalries can be frustrating enough during a parent's life, but they can flare up even more after the parents are long gone. Pennsylvania probate courts could play the role of referee in such cases, which could also result in the loss of some of the value of an estate Through court costs and attorney's fees. Parents might believe that appointing a child as the executor of their estate would prevent these issues, but even this situation could facilitate further bickering.

Tax laws may be reason to review estate plans

People in Pennsylvania may want to review their estate plans for two reasons. One is that there have been changes in tax law that may affect certain documents. The other is that estate plans should be reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect changes in families and assets. This means not just looking over the will but beneficiary designations, powers of attorney and all other components of the estate plan.

Divorce among seniors is becoming more common

Pennsylvania residents who are having problems with their marriages may not now that older couples around the country are getting divorced at record numbers. According to the National Center of Marriage and Family Research, people 50 or older were two times more likely to get a divorce in 2014 than they were in 1990. The increase in the divorce rate for people over age 65 was even more dramatic.

Protecting child custody rights after a divorce

Child custody is usually the single most important issue for divorcing Pennsylvania parents. The possibility of losing child custody rights in a contentious court battle can be a major concern. Early on in a divorce, they may want to take some actions that could help to protect their rights.

Celebrities make estate planning mistakes too

Pennsylvania music fans have by now likely heard that Prince may not have written a will before he died. His sister filed court documents in which she stated that she did not know about the existence of a will. It may be surprising that someone with a multi-million dollar fortune died without a will, but celebrities are prone to make huge estate planning mistakes just like everybody else.

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