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Do I Need my Husband or Wife’s Signature to Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania?

One of the most common legal questions we receive from potential family law client at Sadek & Cooper is whether an individual needs the signature of his or her spouse to get a divorce in Pennsylvania. As with most legal questions, the best answer we can give online is that it depends on your goals…

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Pennsylvania’s Act 102 Shortens No-Fault Divorce Waiting Period to Reduce Childhood Trauma

When children are involved in a divorce, it is important for all parties to take steps to minimize the emotional trauma that the children will experience. Frequently, both parents are able to set aside their differences, in at least when it comes to the children, for a variety of reasons. Motivations may include a sincere…

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What Child Custody Rights do Single and Unmarried Parents Living in Pennsylvania Have?

Despite years of social progress that have steadily eroded and eliminated negative stereotypes regarding single and unwed parents, some people still have concerns about their legal standing regarding custody. For parents concerned about whether getting married creates additional parental rights, there is good news. That is, the act of getting married does not provide any…

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Facing a High Asset Divorce? Work with an Attorney and Avoid these Three Common Property Division Mistakes

Many high-asset couples are each, individually, sophisticated financial parties who are concerned about the assets their hard work and education has permitted them to accumulate. In other high asset relationships and marriages, one party may be the main breadwinner but both parties are likely financially sophisticated. However, despite education, business, savvy, and an array of…

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Pennsylvania’s Divorce and Child Custody Laws Protect Spouses and Kids from Domestic Abuse

Marriages can fail for a number of reasons. Some marriages run into difficulties due to disagreements regarding between the husband and wife in how children should be raised. In other circumstances, one partner may decide that he or she wishes to re-prioritize his or her life in a way that does not comport with marital…

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Own a Business in Pennsylvania? Getting Married? Responsible Business Leadership May Require a Prenup or Premarital Agreement

Owners or partners of a tech start-up, a home improvement company, a restaurant, or any other type of business probably understand that their company is one of their greatest achievements. Aside from fulfilling a commonly held American dream, partial or full ownership of one’s own business provides many benefits including the ability to work in…

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Are Post-nuptial Agreements Valid and Enforceable in Pennsylvania?

Most people are probably familiar with prenuptial agreements. These agreements are named as such because they occur previous to the couples “nuptials” or marriage. As opposed to a prenuptial agreement, one can probably deduce that a post-nuptial agreement would occur after the couple has married and is husband and wife. While many people, especially high-asset…

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When Is a Prenuptial Agreement Enforceable in a Pennsylvania High-Asset Divorce?

For many successful individuals who have built a comfortable and perhaps lavish lifestyle independently, it can sometimes be difficult to build and maintain relationships due to their wealth. While it is a less than admirable aspect of human nature, some people are simply interested in securing wealth and the lifestyle that goes with wealth by…

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Is It Proper to File for My Divorce in Pennsylvania Courts?

When a marriage is irretrievably broken, the behaviors of one spouse have rendered the marriage intolerable to the innocent and injured party, or other difficult situations arise a divorce may be necessary. While spouses rarely set out in a marriage contemplating that the relationship may not last forever, the Pennsylvania Divorce Code does provide for…

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When Is a Protection from Abuse (PFA) Order Appropriate and How Can I Get a PFA?

Many relationships are fruitful endeavors where both parties experience personal growth. Unfortunately, some relationships are troubled from the start where one party engages in physical or mental abuse against the other. In other scenarios, previous stable relationships may encounter significant stresses that results in one partner becoming mentally or physically abusive against the other. However,…

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How Does a Pennsylvania Court Decide Who gets Custody of a Child or Children?

When a parent realizes that he or she wants or is facing a divorce, one of their first concerns is often who will get to have custody of the children. For many parents, their children are the center of their world and they would do anything to further their child’s best interests. However, parents in…

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Can Social Security Benefits Affect One’s Alimony Benefit or Obligation?

Most people are aware that, as part of a divorce, a settlement of marital assets and property is necessary. The courts, endeavor to ensure that any alimony award is equitable. That is, the award is fair based on the circumstances presented by the divorce. However, the moment the decision in a divorce proceeding is rendered…

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What is Alimony?

It is no surprise that money is a source of constant bickering during a divorce. Alimony, or spousal support, is the regular payment that one spouse pays to another. The spouses can either amicably agree on the amount that will be paid, or the court can make the decision if the parties cannot agree. In…

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What is a No-Fault Divorce?

While marriage is a beautiful thing, divorce can get downright ugly. However, the ending of a marriage doesn’t have to be so drama-filled, especially when it is a no-fault divorce. In Pennsylvania, divorce comes in three different flavors: mutual consent, fault-based and no-fault. Since fault is a prerequisite for divorce, many couples find it easier…

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What is Legal Custody?

During divorce proceedings, when children are involved, things can get quite sticky in terms of custody. There are a variety of custody situations, but one of the most hotly contested is legal custody. In Pennsylvania, legal custody is defined as the person who has the right to make major decisions that affect the child. These…

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