Nearly all spouses keep some kind of financial secrets from their partners. This deception may be something small like a splurge at the mall or something embarrassing like credit card debt. In some cases, however, a spouse may hide income, assets or spending habits that may affect the welfare of the family or the level of trust the couple shares.
After your first marriage ended, you may have resolved to make the next one work. You learned from your mistakes, and you were confident you would not repeat them. Like many who remarry, you may have hoped you found the perfect partner this time. The first divorce probably made you painfully aware of every flaw in your spouse, and you thought your new partner might be different.
You fill out the paperwork, sign your names and start your new life. Few divorces are that easy. In fact, the more shortcuts a person tries to take, the more likely the process will drag on.
So, it's that time of year again. The holiday season is upon you and you are anticipating festive times with family, co-workers and friends. Only one thing about this particular year is different than all others past: You're now divorced, and your kids are having a tough time.
The day you were married, it wasn't likely you spent the hours envisioning yourself standing in a divorce court in Pennsylvania. Fast forward time to the current issues you now face.
Getting married often means joining far more than just surnames. Property, bank accounts, debts and other important financial assets usually become intertwined in extremely intimate ways, and legally untangling them is not always easy. Couples in Pennsylvania might be hesitant to end their marriages because of the possible financial implications of divorce, but most people can successfully divorce while maintaining their own financial stability.
Most couples go into marriage thinking of it as an expression of love. Marriage is also an enormous legal and financial commitment. This is typically never as self-evident as during divorce, when Pennsylvania couples must untangle assets and finances that have been combined over the years.
Financial strain is commonly blamed for unsuccessful marriages, but is the data really there to back up that claim? One researcher suspected that there was likely more to it than that and set out to understand the sociological influences for the average divorce. The findings might not fall in line with what some Pennsylvania couples believe to be true.
Prenuptial agreements serve an important purpose for married couples, especially when one or both individuals have valuable assets to their name. If Frances Bean Cobain -- the daughter of the late Kurt Cobain -- had a prenuptial agreement, it appears that some property issues were not adequately addressed. Because of this, a valuable family heirloom has taken center stage in her divorce proceedings as her ex claims it was given to him as a gift.
Divorce proceedings tend to get a bad rap when depicted in popular TV shows and films. Knockdown, drag-out fights might make for good entertainment, but they hardly make for successful divorces. Property division is usually much more effective and yields more agreeable results when both parties of a Pennsylvania couple can work together to decide how to divide assets. This is especially true for larger assets, such as a marital home.