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Reasons to Hire a Pennsylvania Family Law Attorney for Your Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on August 28, 2012

Couples who have decided to end their union will likely tell you that, even though the decision to split was extraordinarily difficult, the process of obtaining a divorce can be lengthy, stressful, and overwhelming. Obtaining a divorce is unfortunately not as easy as signing a piece of paper and a number of issues need to be agreed upon and settled before the divorce can be finalized. Thus, without proper legal representation, your rights may not be protected.

With this in mind, it is important for anyone filing for divorce or in the midst of divorce proceedings to understand the importance of hiring an experienced PA family law attorney to assist them through the entire divorce process. Find Law explains the following reasons why a family law attorney can help: Read the rest »

What to Expect in Your Initial Consultation with a Pennsylvania Divorce Attorney

By Sheryl Rentz on January 19, 2011

When the difficult decision is reached to divorce your spouse, you may not know what to do next. At this time, it is crucial to find a Pennsylvania divorce attorney to help ensure that your legal rights are fully protected once the divorce process begins. Because divorce can be one of the most painful and complicated chapters of a person’s life, it is important to have an experienced lawyer fighting on your behalf.

When you contact a law office to schedule your initial meeting, make sure you will be meeting with the attorney themselves, not an assistant. A skilled attorney will be able to answer any questions you have about the divorce process in Pennsylvania, and you will be able to discover if they are the right attorney for you during the meeting. Read the rest »

Understanding Types of Domestic Violence in Philadelphia Divorce Cases

By Sheryl Rentz on October 13, 2010

Domestic violence, sometimes referred to as domestic abuse, can take many forms and can involve multiple members of one’s family, including children. Domestic violence in Pennsylvania can involve physical abuse, typically in the form of striking another individual’s body; emotional abuse, in the form of verbally assaulting an individual; or sexual abuse. Intimidation tactics, such as economic deprivation and stalking, are also considered forms of domestic violence. Regardless of the form of domestic violence, the abusive behavior should immediately be reported to the proper authorities, and should certainly be considered during all divorce proceedings.

Marriage can be defined as a partnership in which both individuals involved are charged with treating the other in a fair and just manner. In divorce proceedings where one partner claims that they suffered domestic violence abuse at the hands of the other, the abused party may be able to seek benefits to help compensate for the effects of such treatment. Spouses who experience domestic violence of any form have rights, and those rights should under no circumstances be disregarded during the divorce process. Remember the most important thing to do in any domestic violence scenario is to remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible to ensure your safety and physical well being. Read the rest »

Dodgers’ Owner and Chief Executive Still Sift Through Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 25, 2009

While questions about the Dodgers’ future still abounds, there is still much uncertainty regarding what will happen for owner Frank McCourt and chief executive Jamie McCourt. According to a article, there has been much “buzz” in the media over how Frank allegedly fired Jamie and “branded her with a scarlet letter”. Another big issue in the divorce filings relates to the large annual expenses that Jamie is saying she needs to maintain the lifestyle of a baseball owner. While no one can really blame the questionable ownership of the dodger franchise for the team’s performance in the National League Championship Series, this separation emphasizes the many challenges a divorce may create.

Similar to the McCourts, some married couples experience long-term tension that is often difficult to hide from close friends and family, and especially children. The couple formally closed the purchase of the Dodgers from News Corp. in January 2004 for approximately $430 million. Although there has been no word on whether the McCourts will sell the franchise as a means of dividing their assets, such an option is one that they may explore. However, based on the report, Frank claims that the Dodgers belong to him and him alone, while Jamie claims that she owns part of the team. Read the rest »

Stephanie Seymour’s Divorce to Peter Brant Gets Chaotic

By Sheryl Rentz on November 4, 2009

A recent article on demonstrates how some divorces can get out of hand, and fast. Ex-supermodel Stephanie Seymour’s divorce to pony breeder and polo player Peter Brant has become full of allegations, making legal matters much more complicated. Filed in the state of Connecticut, the divorce is turning ugly, and fast. Brant has claimed that Seymour has quite a few bad habits that have consequently cost him thousands of dollars. For example, Brant says that Seymour spends $257, 000 per month, with an average of $50,000 alone going towards the purchase of new clothes.

One of the biggest issues this divorcing pair seems to be experiencing is over dividing their assets. According to Brant, Seymour has been “running amok” at their mansion, which still has not been accounted for. Allegedly, Seymour has been removing items from the property through a hole in the property fence that she herself made. Also, Brant says that Seymour ruined his Kentucky Derby trophy and destroyed a valuable piece of art in an angry tantrum. Seymour and Brant have three children ages 4, 13, and 15. Read the rest »

Faking an Abduction and Child Endangerment Reason Enough for Husband to File Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on September 23, 2009

The hot topic of discussion lately has been the controversial story of a woman who called 911 in May of 2009, claiming that she and her 9-year-old daughter had been kidnapped by carjackers. After turning up at Walt Disney World in Florida, the woman was charged with a number of criminal offenses, filing a false police report being one of them. It’s not very surprising that this woman’s second husband filed for divorce since the abduction ruse. Although law enforcement officials have declined to provide information on the full scope of the investigation, questions as to what this woman’s motives truly were and why she would rope her young daughter into going along with it are still waiting to be answered.

This case contains many intricate elements, divorce being one of the complex legal processes that will ensue, along with child custody and child support matters as well. It is unfortunate when parents use poor judgment and carry out actions that can have negative impacts on their children in the long run. The woman who faked the kidnapping has three children. Read the rest »

Tracy Morgan and Wife Divorce after 23 Years of Marriage

By Sheryl Rentz on September 2, 2009

On Friday, August 7, 2009, comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, 40 filed for divorce from his wife, Sabina, in Bronx Supreme Court. Tracy Morgan and his wife were high school sweethearts and were married for 23 years. However, the couple is suspected of having been separated for about eight years. Said a friend of the former couple’s in an article from the NY Daily News, “Basically they were divorced without the paperwork”.

The reasons for the slow dissolution of the couple’s marriage, as well as the details of the divorce case, are sealed and therefore not available to the public. However, it was noted back in January 2008 that Sabina planned on filing for a divorce from Morgan because of his alleged drinking problem. The divorced couple has three sons. Read the rest »

Gibson’s Divorce Settlement to be Most Expensive in Hollywood History

By Sheryl Rentz on May 8, 2009

Mel Gibson’s wife of nearly 30 years – Robyn Gibson – has filed for divorce, according to this recent news report. Gibson cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split from the 53-year-old Gibson. The couple has had seven children since their marriage in 1980. Any divorce settlement in their case would be the most expensive in Hollywood history. Gibson’s assets are estimated at around $900 million. California law states that community property and earnings shall be divided 50/50 in divorce cases where there is no pre-nuptial agreement in place.

Be it a celebrity who has millions or billions in assets or an average individual, divorce proceedings are never easy. No matter who you are, divorce is complicated because of the emotions and the people involved. There are usually children involved as well, which makes it even more contentious and emotional. Read the rest »

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