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Is your spouse hiding assets in divorce?

As a child, the adults in your life may have taught you to always to see the best in others. Also, your parents or grandparents, even teachers may have also advised you to keep your suspicions in check and never to assume that someone is up to no good, especially if you don't have evidence to suggest it. At the same time, those who love you may have also instilled confidence and taught you to protect your rights and be proactive against injustice.  

You likely never expected those lessons to hit so close to home as they have since you decided to divorce. You hoped you'd be able to negotiate a fair and agreeable settlement, especially since you made it clear that your children's best interests are the priority. However, you suspect your spouse is trying to give you the short end of the stick regarding division of marital property and are wondering what to do about it. You'll be glad to know there are support resources available to help rectify the situation. 

Take steps to ensure your parenting plan benefits your family

Pennsylvania parents know that divorce is difficult and complex, but it does not always have to result in a stressful court battle. Some parents find it beneficial to draft a parenting plan out of court, a step that will allow you have more control over the details of your final custody and visitation order.

If you are drafting a parenting plan, it is wise to take steps to ensure that the decisions you make will be beneficial for years to come. It is easy to be swept up in the emotions that come with the end of a marriage, but it is prudent to consider what would be best for both your short-term interests and the long-term needs of you and your children.

Bird nesting: Simplifying post-divorce life for your kids

You don't really have any beef with your former spouse regarding parenting skills. You just don't want to be married to this person any longer. If someone were to tell you there is a way to help your kids retain a sense of normalcy and routine in their lives as you all move forward to a new lifestyle together, would you want to learn more about it? 

Pennsylvania parents and others are trying out a new trend known as bird nesting, except that it isn't really new; it's just seen a resurgence in recent years. There is even a television sitcom based on the idea. Of course, when it comes to decisions relating to your kids, making sure you have a strong support network before taking any action is a key to success. 

Annulment or divorce -- which is right for me?

Getting married is supposed to be a joyous thing. Yours may have started out that way, but now you are ready to get out of your marriage and move on with your life. How should you go about doing it? Which marriage dissolution method is right for you?

In Pennsylvania, there are various ways to dissolve a marriage -- traditional divorce, mediation and filing an uncontested divorce, to name a few. There are some individuals who want to go beyond just dissolving the relationship, though. They want to make it so, under the law, it never existed. If you find yourself in such a position, under the right circumstances, the annulment process may be for you. 

Is your summertime custody plan ready?

Whether you are on the cusp of finalizing your divorce or you have been divorced for a while now, if you have children, you know that figuring out custody plans that meet your needs and meet all Pennsylvania family law requirements can be a challenge. You may find that certain times of the year, you'll want to change things up in your custody agreement. For example, school schedule custody needs may be different than summertime custody needs.

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Given the time of year, you want to make summer plans with your children, but the custody agreement you've reached may not work for your summertime plans. What can you do

Separation: a better choice than divorce for your family?

When a marriage is over, it can cause conflict and stress for everyone in the family, including the children. Pennsylvania couples facing the prospect of divorce may wish to move through this process slowly, making smart and practical decisions. If divorce is not an immediate option or you are unsure if you want to move forward with it, you may consider the option for legal separation. 

Legal separation is a way for you to have formal custody and support orders without actually finalizing your divorce. This can allow both parties the time needed to carefully consider the terms of a future divorce or simply live separately if divorce is not an option. Before you make any important decisions that will affect the future of your family, you may find it helpful to learn more about the legal separation process.

Your legal choices will impact your divorce

You may have made your decision to divorce after months (or years) of consideration. Then again, you might be one of many in Pennsylvania who decided to take the divorce route following an acute crisis event in your marriage, such as revealed infidelity or a domestic violence situation. Regardless of the particular details that led to your decision, your focus now is likely how to keep stress levels as low as possible as you navigate the process and move on to a new lifestyle.

It's true that divorce is seldom, if ever, easy. However, it's not true that every divorce situation is wrought with contentious courtroom battles, financial disaster and long-term negative consequences. In fact, it's often possible to get through it all with relatively few obstacles and achieve a fair and agreeable settlement in a reasonable amount of time. The type of legal representation you choose can greatly affect your outcome.

Good listening skills are essential to divorce mediation

When you and your spouse disagreed, you more than likely heard what they said, but may not have really listened. You aren't alone. Most people hear what the other party says in order to formulate a response, not necessarily to understand the other person's point of view, especially during an argument.

Even though you and your soon-to-be former spouse may now agree that divorce mediation is your best option, going into the process without making a commitment to really listen to the other party could doom it before it begins. Instead, each of you may need to work toward keeping an open mind, an open heart and open ears in order to make mediation work best for your situation.

Your use of social media may affect your custody issues

When parents decide to end their relationship, determining custody and visitation becomes a priority. Each parent may have his or her own idea of what that should look like. If their respective pictures remain too far apart to negotiate a compromise, going to court may be necessary.

Information reigns when it comes to litigation. In the quest to show the court that you are the better parent and that granting you custody would serve the best interests of the children, you may require evidence that the other parent isn't the right choice to fill that role. One place that many people now turn for such information is social media.

Unmarried dads must protect their parental rights

When you and your partner decided to move in together, you may have hoped for an ideal life. Whatever the reasons for putting off or rejecting the institution of marriage, your life together felt complete. Even when your first child arrived, it may not have occurred to you that there would be legal ramifications when raising a family without a marriage license.

Now that your relationship is coming to an end, you may be shocked to realize that your partner has primary rights to the children you have been raising together.

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