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SEPARATION, DIVORCE AND THE MARITAL RESIDENCE

The discussion about division of assets initially revolves around the marital residence, as jointly owned real estate and retirement are perhaps the most significant marital assets subject to distribution in a divorce. The decision whether to retain or sell the residence can be laden with emotion and

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Collaborative Divorce Helps Couples Plan a Future Apart – The Legal Intelligencer Spotlight

Collaborative divorce in Pennsylvania supported by trained Collaborative Law Professionals can help couples resolve common family law issues pertaining to divorce. Divorce lawyers have learned that when spouses can work together they can create a healthier and less devastating divorce outcome. The legal community has practiced and

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What You Need to Know About Alimony Payments and Recent Tax Changes

Prior to the December 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), when one spouse paid alimony (or separate maintenance payments) to the other spouse in a divorce, the paying spouse could deduct the alimony payments on his/her Federal income tax form. At the same time, the spouse

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A Tale Of Two Kitties

There were two female cats who were best friends.  Unfortunately the both of them were experiencing problems in their marriages.  They were unsure what to do next but knew they couldn’t stay in their current situation.  The one cat,  Princess, heard she should hire the most expensive,

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Your Way, My Way, Our Way, Three Way, Anyway: The Benefits of Collaborative Practice for Non-Traditional Families

Whether you grew up watching 90210, Real World or MTV Beach House, today’s modern families are evolving beyond what was even in the 1990’s considered abhorrent or abnormal family life given that these shows addressed such topics as homosexuality, bisexuality, AIDS, drugs, addiction and abortion. Same sex

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Pennsylvania Legislature Recognizes Collaborative Law

In keeping with other States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by the stroke of Governor Tom Wolf’s pen, signed into law the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act, on June 28, 2018. This action by the Governor served to recognize the validity of this alternative divorce process. Collaborative Law is

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HELL, NO!

HE SAID: I want my kids 50% of the time. SHE SAID: Over my dead body! Be careful what you wish for! Our court system is overloaded with parents who would rather entrust their children’s lives to a perfect stranger in a black robe, rather than figure

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Senior splitting from your spouse? – Inquirer Spotlight

Divorce is on the rise among adults 50 and older. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently featured the Second Saturdays workshops for seniors, and those approaching retirement, held by experts from Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “We present alternatives to court, and people feel relief and empowered. We run

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Key Issues Regarding Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets in a Divorce

One of the key tasks in a divorce is identifying the marital versus the non-marital assets of the divorcing couple. To obtain a better understanding of the key issues involved regarding marital versus non-marital assets, David Anderson, principal of David Anderson & Associates, a Philadelphia forensic accounting

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Gray Divorce

“Will you still feed me; will you still need me when I’m sixty-four?” The Beatles tune “When I’m sixty-four,” recorded in 1966, foreshadowed a growing trend of marital instability among Baby Boomers in the United States. Wikipedia defines “gray divorce” as the demographic trend of an increasing

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