As anyone in Pennsylvania who's had their marriage dissolved knows, divorce can be an arduous process for the parents and even more for the children. It involves breaking up a family and permanently changing a living situation that the children had grown accustomed to.
Pennsylvania residents who are married for the first time have a roughly 50/50 chance that it will last forever. The odds of success are lower for second and subsequent marriages. However, there may be compelling financial reasons to avoid a divorce if possible. For instance, married couples who own a home will need to figure out what to do with it. While a person could keep the home, it can be hard to maintain it on one income.
Divorced parents are encouraged to cooperate with each other in the interest of their child's development and overall happiness. If you are working toward a positive co-parent relationship with your ex, or have already established one, you may worry that "stirring the pot" could mess everything up.
Starting at the beginning of 2019, couples filing for divorce in Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of the United States will have to do so with tax rule changes in mind, particularly if spousal support will be involved. This is happening because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes how alimony is handled for tax purposes. Under the new law, alimony will not be tax-deductible for the payor, and the recipient won't be required to report it as taxable income.