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PA Divorce - Gifts and Inheritances

To learn about how gifts and inheritances are treated in divorce in Pennsylvania read the latest post from Obermayer Family Matters.  (Click here to read the blog.)

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Dog Owners: Beware of Divorce

Divorce takes an emotional toll on all families. For over 60% of the households in the United States, that also includes their pets. While all courts are required to address custody matters involving children, most states are not required to handle custody of the parties’ other children: their pets. For example, Pennsylvania treats pets as an...

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When Can I Start Dating During My Divorce?

Some clients ask, “When can I start dating during my divorce process?” While you certainly can start dating, the better question is, should I start dating during the divorce process and how could it affect my case? Dating during a divorce can affect a case both emotionally as well as financially. However, certainly there are instances i...

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My Spouse is Having an Affair, Can I Sue the Mistress?

You caught your spouse red-handed, you have evidence that your spouse is having an affair, and you are certain that the affair is what’s ruining your marriage—can you sue your spouse’s mistress for interfering with your marriage? No. Pennsylvania, like most states, has abolished claims of “alienation of affection.” Pri...

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Are You My “Legal” Father? Establishing Paternity in Pennsylvania

With many couples choosing to cohabitate and forgo the tradition of marriage, the number of unmarried fathers has skyrocketed. Last year, the federal government reported that 40.7% of all 2012 births were “out-of-wedlock.” In Pennsylvania, paternity is automatically established if the parents of a child are married, but the same is not ...

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Should I have a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is not the death knell of romance! It is a misconception that if you are not a celebrity and do not have millions of dollars, you do not need a prenuptial agreement. Couples from all tax brackets should talk about financial issues prior to their marriage and may benefit from a prenuptial agreement. Although the word “pr...

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I have texts and Facebook posts that prove my spouse is cheating. Does this get admitted in my divorce case?

In a previous blog we posted about a spouses cheating and whether it’s a crime to spy on them. Following up with that post: On many occasions clients have wanted to know if the texts they have or the emails or Facebook posts depicting affairs or obscene behavior of their spouse will help them with their divorces or custody cases. If the info...

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I Think My Spouse is Cheating. Is it a Crime to Spy on Them?

Unexplained absences, secretive phone calls, late nights at the office – all telltale signs that your spouse may be up to no good. With advances in technology it has become easier and easier for suspicious spouses to snoop on their spouses activities and whereabouts. However, spies beware! You can read the full post, view and subscribe to th...

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My Spouse Wants Me Out. Do I Lose Rights to the House by Leaving?

A prickly issue that may arise when parties separate is who gets to stay in the marital residence during the parties’ separation period. In Pennsylvania, both spouses have a right to be in and/or on a marital property that is owned or rented jointly by the parties. Generally, courts will not evict one party from the residence if the parties a...

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What the New Alimony Law in New Jersey Means for You

On September 10, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed an alimony reform bill into law, which makes significant changes to the New Jersey alimony statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. While the new law does not create alimony guidelines, it imposes restrictions on the duration of alimony and provides guidance on when alimony may be reduced, suspended or termi...

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