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Unique Difficulties for LGBTQ+ People Going Through Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 6, 2023

Someone taking off their wedding ring.

Going through a divorce can be a challenging and complex process, especially for LGBTQ+ couples in Pennsylvania. There are several unique factors to consider, such as state laws, legal recognition, parental rights, property division, and the importance of social and emotional support. It’s crucial to understand these aspects to navigate the process successfully. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable Montgomery County LGBTQ+ divorce attorney about protecting your rights and assets. Read the rest »

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Understanding the Challenges of Gray Divorce (After Age 50)

By Sheryl Rentz on October 8, 2023

An older and grey haired couple sits on opposite sides of a couch.

Divorce isn’t easy at any age, but it presents unique challenges after a certain age. When older couples divorce, you may have been together for a long time. At this point, it’s daunting to start over and set out on your own.

Your lives are deeply connected, and there are many difficult adjustments you will have to make. In addition to the emotional strain, divorce also creates financial insecurity. It’s important to start developing new plans for your future. Read the rest »

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Pennsylvania Divorce News: Pet Custody and Very Low Rates

By Sheryl Rentz on August 20, 2023

Golden Retriever and British Shorthair accompany their owner

Pennsylvania divorce laws and trends are constantly changing. Lawmakers recently introduced a bill to make pet custody a part of Pennsylvania divorce cases. Representative Anita Astorino Kulik introduced House Bill 1108. If passed by the legislature, this proposed legislation will allow for divorce proceedings to resolve matters pertaining to pet custody. The bill proposes that Pennsylvania establish the following factors for family court judges to consider in deciding custody of pets: Read the rest »

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7 Things To Do When You’ve Been Told Your Partner Wants a Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on July 20, 2023

Signing a divorce, marriage dissolution documents and agreement. Wife and husband hands, wedding rings and legal papers for signature on a wooden table, lawyer office

Most people enter into marriage with the idea of a lifetime commitment. When your partner says they want a divorce, it can be a shock and emotionally overwhelming. We offer a step-by-step guide on what to do immediately after this difficult revelation. By taking these steps, you can protect your rights, make informed decisions, and navigate the divorce process more effectively. Read the rest »

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Why Might a PA Judge Decline a Divorce?

By Sheryl Rentz on June 28, 2023

Court of Law and Justice Trial Session: Impartial Honorable Judge Pronouncing Sentence, striking Gavel. Focus on Mallet, Hammer.

A marriage can only be dissolved through a divorce decree entered by the court. Although it is not common, there are some circumstances under which a Pennsylvania family court judge may decline a divorce. If you are facing divorce, it is important to seek professional guidance from an experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney. Read the rest »

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Practicing Good Mental Health During Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on May 20, 2023

A therapist with a note pad sitting in a chair across from a man.

Divorce is a challenging and emotionally taxing experience for anyone. The end of a marriage brings with it feelings of grief, anger, and anxiety, which can take a significant toll on one’s mental health. It is essential that anyone going through a divorce prioritize their mental health during the process. Read the rest »

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Divorcing a Violent or Dangerous Person

By Sheryl Rentz on September 23, 2022

man grieving

Leaving a relationship is difficult at the best of times. If this relationship is abusive, this makes it so much harder. Spousal abuse can pose safety risks and financial issues, so if you want to leave a relationship with a violent or abusive partner, the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C., is here to help you through the entire process. Read the rest »

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Are Secret Recordings of Your Spouse Admissible Evidence?

By Sheryl Rentz on August 15, 2022

people using cellphones

In Pennsylvania, secret recordings of your spouse are generally not admissible as evidence in divorce proceedings. This is because such recordings are considered a violation of your spouse’s privacy rights. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you can show that the recording was made to document illegal activity, such as domestic violence, the recording may be admissible as evidence. Read the rest »

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Does Open Marriage Affect Divorce Rates?

By Sheryl Rentz on May 29, 2022

pink love padlock on fence

In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about how the United States divorce rate is increasing, including the commonly heard statistic that half of marriages end in divorce. The good news for people getting married nowadays? It’s actually closer to a quarter of marriages.

But while it’s an easy statistic to spout off, this broad percentage of failed marriages ignores the fact that not all divorces are created equal. Read the rest »

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Keeping the Family Business Safe From Divorce Proceedings

By Sheryl Rentz on April 18, 2022

A man and a woman shaking hands in an office space.

Divorce is a complicated process. Not only do you have child custody and support matters to settle, but also division of marital assets. When a family business is involved, the process can become even more complex.

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