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Pet Custody and Pennsylvania Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on September 22, 2015

Pennsylvania Pet CustodyWhen couples divorce, custody is one of the most difficult issues to resolve. Not only does it apply to children, but pets as well. Pets are just as important as kids, and are usually considered a member of the family. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 27 percent of attorneys report an increase in pet custody cases over the last five years. Read the rest »

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Child Custody in Pennsylvania Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on September 10, 2015

Pennsylvania Child CustodyAlmost half of our nation’s states are taking steps toward allowing more children to grow up with both parents in their lives after parents split. Currently, 20 states are considering measures that would change the laws governing which parent gets legal and physical control of a child after a divorce. Read the rest »

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Pennsylvania Woman Fakes Death to Avoid Being Killed by Boyfriend

By Sheryl Rentz on August 24, 2015

Pennsylvania Domestic ViolenceOn August 21, a Bethlehem Pennsylvania woman was the victim of extreme domestic violence. The young woman received a text message from a male friend, which enraged her 25 year old boyfriend. “See what you made me do? Now I’m going to have to kill (you),” he allegedly said. He grabbed her throat and repeatedly punched her in the face. He then shoved a rag down her throat and threw her down a flight of basement stairs. The woman faked a fatal seizure to avoid further beating, and was able to crawl up the stairs to call police the next morning. Read the rest »

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How Will Ashley Madison Affect Pennsylvania Divorces?

By Sheryl Rentz on August 19, 2015

Pennsylvania DivorceAshley Madison is a controversial online website that’s meant to help married men and women discreetly find romance outside of their marriage. Their slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” Recently the website has been hacked, enabling the hackers to make public the names of its members, along with their credit card numbers, addresses, and sexual preferences. Infidelity has existed for hundreds of years, but the hacking of a website designed to help cheating is a modern-day situation. Read the rest »

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Adultery in a Pennsylvania Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on August 5, 2015

A divorce is a life changing event in anyone’s life, regardless of what the cause of the demise of your marriage was. Studies show that two out of three marriages ended after one spouse had been caught being unfaithful. Roughly 30 to 60% of married individuals will engage in infidelity at some point. Many consider this the worse possible violation of marriage vows and proof of a marital breakdown. You may want to know whether the affair affects your legal rights. Contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced Montgomery County PA divorce lawyer who can help you. Read the rest »

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Deadbeat Parents Arrested

By Sheryl Rentz on July 13, 2015

On July 15th, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies arrested nine men in a night raid for failure to pay child support. Authorities said the males owed a combined $96,827.90 in support for ten children. As reported by ABC 6, twelve deputies with K9s tracked the men across Bridgeport, Spring City, Norristown, Royersford, Pottstown, Spring City, and Lansdale. Five others are still wanted by the Sheriff’s Office. Read the rest »

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Moving On after a Breakup or a Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on June 24, 2015

Divorce AttorneyGetting a divorce is one of the most significant, life-changing events you will ever go through. Filing the paperwork and fighting in court is stressful, but your transition is only beginning. Some find that coping, moving on, and healing is just as challenging as breaking up. It is important to remember that help is out there and there are those who support you and will be there for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to the people who care about you.

One of the challenging parts of moving on is remembering all the shared goals and dreams. It is hard to feel anything but disappointment when thinking of the commitments you had and the plans you hoped to achieve together. These feelings are normal. Just because your original goals have changed doesn’t mean that you will feel as bad tomorrow, the day after, or the day after that. Read the rest »

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Now It’s Easier to Check Your Child Support Status

By Sheryl Rentz on June 9, 2015

On June 1, The Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a new mobile version of the Pennsylvania Child Support website. It allows users to access child support program information with a phone or tablet. Now, parents can easily access case details, make payments, request materials, check on upcoming appointments, calculate child support payments, and view the status of their cases. There is even a frequently asked questions portion of the site that provides answers to common inquiries.

The launch of the new site can help families get the support they are due. If used properly, the mobile site will make it easier for people to pay and receive support. It will also help people check their cases online no matter where they are. According to the DHS, more than 18,000 people visit their website every day and 67 percent of visitors primarily use smart phones and other mobile devices to browse the internet. So, it makes sense to make the site mobile friendly. Read the rest »

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Tax Implications in High-End Divorce Cases

By Sheryl Rentz on May 19, 2015

Division of property is not the only complicated consequence of a high-end divorce. There are many other factors in a high-end divorce that must be considered, not the least of which are the tax implications. If you are in the process of going through a high-end divorce in Pennsylvania, please make sure you understand its potential impact on your taxes.

Your divorce will affect your taxes, but there is no hard-fast rule to help you predict how much your taxes will change. Child support payments are not taxed but receiving spouses are taxed on spousal support. Property transferred from one spouse to another during a divorce is often taxable as well. There are even specific tax laws in place that may affect the transfer of US bonds, life insurance, annuities, and the sale of a principal residence. Additionally, there are tax questions that may arise in relation to retirement plans. Read the rest »

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How Social Media Can Hurt or Help Your Divorce Case

By Sheryl Rentz on May 5, 2015

Pennsylvania Divorce LawyerThe growth of social media has had many unexpected consequences. If you are involved in a car accident, the insurance companies involved may scan your Facebook page to see if you recently admitted fault for the crash online. When applying for a job, you can expect your potential employer to review your Twitter feed and your LinkedIn connections. Similarly, what you post online can have a direct impact on your divorce proceedings.

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, over 80 percent of divorce attorneys say there has been a significant increase in evidence collected through social media. Information obtained through social media searches can provide valuable evidence for and against litigants who are negotiating settlements and custody. It is even possible to request for the preservation of texts emails and social media posts until after the case has concluded. Read the rest »

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