Pennsylvania Family Law Blog – The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to great economic unrest across the country, with numerous businesses applying for PPP loans, government relief, and loan forgiveness to avoid sudden closures. The full effects of this financial uncertainty will be felt for years to come, and no one knows that more personally than business owners who are going through divorces. Dividing a business during a divorce is difficult in any scenario, but the lows of 2020 may call into question the true value of your business.
When you begin the process of determining child custody or dividing your property in a divorce, the Pennsylvania courts expect you to conduct yourself with a certain level of professionalism… and punctuality. As you have asked a judge to settle matters between you and your ex-spouse, she will not like her time wasted. This means you must come to all court appearances on time and respect the authority of the court throughout your proceedings.
The amount of child support paid can be one of the most contentious issues after a divorce. Child support is meant to make sure both parents are contributing to their child’s well-being, but some parents may struggle to make payments after losing a job. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania family courts come down harshly on parents who miss payments, which is why it is important to make sure you pay on time and pay the right amount.
Since announcing the finalists for the 2021 Key to the Bright Future Scholarship, our team at the Law Office of Sheryl Rentz, P.C., has been hard at work reading and re-reading their essays. Picking a winner for the Key to the Bright Future Scholarship was difficult, so difficult that we actually couldn’t decide just one winner! Each of our finalists wrote amazing essays, and we were captivated by how they found balance between their schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and career goals. That is why we are awarded each of our finalists a $500 scholarship!
Each year, the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C., is astounded at the amount of support we receive for the Key to a Bright Future Scholarship. Each essay we have the honor of reading contains an insightful and inspiring message, and we are grateful for the chance to hear your stories. After reading through the applications, we have decided on the 2021 finalists, two of whom will go on to win a $500 prize each!
Going through a divorce after you have filed a personal injury claim can feel overwhelming, and it is normal to feel concerned about how the two cases may overlap. You may have worked very hard to recover compensation for your injuries and get your medical bills covered. You may even have a fair amount of money left over from the settlement, but now, you may be worried about whether your ex can claim a portion of it in your divorce.
While Pennsylvania is still in the early phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the debate rages on regarding vaccines. Despite significant scientific evidence that shows that vaccines have few side effects and the benefits far outweigh the risks, many people still refuse to get vaccinated and even prevent their children from receiving this life-saving immunization. This debate can be handled in private between parents, but after a divorce, it may impact a custody battle.
Enforcing a child support order is a trying, stressful task, even after an amicable divorce. Your co-parent may argue with you about the high costs of payments, scheduling visitation, or other court requirements. But, at the end of the day, Pennsylvania’s family courts offer you several resources to hold them accountable and ensure that your child is taken care of. However, you may feel lost if your ex ever leaves the state.
As we step into 2021, we all hope for a much brighter future, and for students, the key to that bright future is a strong education. At the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C., we understand the great financial burdens students have to shoulder in order to follow their dreams and attend universities. That is why we have chosen to offer students the chance to win one of two $500 scholarship for post-secondary expenses!
As public views of marijuana shift across the United States, over the past decade several states have voted to decriminalize marijuana, legalize it for medicinal purposes, or allow recreational use. Here in Pennsylvania, since 2016, doctors have been able to prescribe medical marijuana cards to patients to allow them to purchase small amounts to help with chronic pain and other conditions, but anyone can still be charged with criminal penalties for possession or use. This blend of legalization and criminalization can complicate matters, especially when it comes to a family law dispute, especially involving child custody and visitation.