Getting 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 »
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 »
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 »
The 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 »
Serving divorce papers can prove challenging during a contentious separation. There are some cases in which a spouse deliberately people to avoid being served. In other situations, a spouse may be hard to reach, in between homes, or without a phone or place of employment. When someone is not available to be served papers, alternative methods may be needed.
In one recent case, a woman has been granted the right by a judge to serve divorce papers on social media. According to a CNN news report, the Brooklyn woman had been trying to divorce her husband for several years but had been unable to meet him in person to serve him the papers. Her divorce attorney filed an application requesting alternative means and the judge agreed pending that a number of criteria are met. Read the rest »
For six years, a Lackawanna County woman struggled to get the child support she was promised from her ex-spouse. As a result, Lackawanna County officials put the delinquent father on their “Most Wanted” list for outstanding child support. According to a news report in The Moscow Villager, officials were finally able to help her receive a check for $39,772.65, the largest collection of child support arrears in the history of Lackawanna County.
Officials with the county threatened to force the sale of the delinquent father’s home in order to get the mother the money she needs. He allegedly violated the law by skipping town and fraudulently attempting to transfer the property to his new wife and stepson. The pressure from the county helped encourage the delinquent father’s current wife to pay the support in full.
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High profile divorce cases often become contentious when it becomes time to negotiate finances and child custody. Actor Jeremy Renner, perhaps best known as Hawkeye in “The Avengers,” is currently in a battle with his estranged wife. According to a People news article, a friend of Renner is claiming his estranged wife from Canada only married him for a green card. There are even rumors and allegations of negligent parenting. His wife of 11 months has denied the allegations and is pursuing full custody as well as child support from Renner. Read the rest »
Under current Pennsylvania law, a convicted rapist can maintain parental rights over a child conceived through rape. Many believe that this is a large loophole in Pennsylvania law that must be closed before it hurts more sexual assault survivors. According to a WESA 90.5 news report, State Senator Randy Vulakovich and Representative Joe Hackett are introducing the Rape Survivor Child Custody and Support Act. If their bill becomes law, courts will have the authority to terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist while preserving the rapist’s obligation to pay child support. This means that convicted rapists will remain financially responsible for the child, but they will not be granted parental rights. Read the rest »
If you have never gone through a divorce before, you may be unaware of all the potential consequences of your separation. For example, there are substantial tax implications to a divorce. In general, you can divide most of your assets without any federal income or even gift tax consequences, but there are exceptions to the rule.
There is an opportunity to make tax-free transfers before a divorce and when a divorce becomes final. This means that you can receive tax-free treatment when exchanging stock and transferring vacation home ownership as long as the exchanges are made because of a divorce. For years, the IRS would get involved when couples transferred vested stock options, but you no longer have to claim the fair market value of all the stocks you move because of a divorce. However, you or your ex will have to recognize the income when the asset is sold, converted to cash, or exercised. Read the rest »
On September 12, 2013, Sherri Shepherd, the former host of “The View,” signed a 23-page contract to become the intended mother of a baby being carried by another woman. Shepherd wanted another child, but knew that carrying a baby would be difficult for her. According to a news report in Inside Edition, a 32-year-old surrogate mother was paid $25,000 to carry the baby for Shepherd and her husband, and the embryo was transferred to her uterus in November of 2013. Then, Shepherd and her husband separated and she allegedly lost interest in the baby. Read the rest »