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How the Pennsylvania Court Weighs Child Preference in Divorce Cases

By Sheryl Rentz on November 9, 2021

A divorced mother dropping off her daughter to visit the divorced father.

Legal and Physical Custody in Pennsylvania

There are two types of custody, physical and legal. Physical custody relates to where the child will be living, and legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions about the child’s life. Parents may decide to share legal and/or physical custody, but it is ultimately up to the court to determine whether to grant joint, sole, or partial custody to one or both parents after a divorce.

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How NFTs Are Handled in a Pennsylvania Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 2, 2021

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What Is an NFT?

NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. This is a unique digital asset that only one person has ownership rights to. An NFT is usually either a physical image such as a graphic or a photo, or a short audio or video clip. NFTs are often created by a famous artist or recording star. Although the images or sounds in an NFT can be reproduced, when you buy an NFT, you get exclusive rights to the original digital asset, which cannot be reproduced thanks to blockchain technology.

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How to Determine the Value of Cryptocurrency Investment in a Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on October 13, 2021

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When couples divorce in Pennsylvania, their marital assets are divided according to equitable distribution. This means the division of property and debts is fair to both parties, but not necessarily equal. In the discovery phase of a divorce, each party is required to disclose all assets to the other party. It is important to ask about cryptocurrency in discovery, as this type of asset can be more easily hidden than others.

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What If We Don’t Agree on the Date of Separation?

By Sheryl Rentz on October 19, 2020

When a client steps into our office to discuss a looming divorce, one of the most important matters we will discuss is the date of separation. Many assume that is the date that one spouse or the other officially said, “I want a divorce.” However, in Pennsylvania, this not in fact the date of separation, and disagreements about this date can severely impact your divorce proceedings, including when one spouse can receive spousal support or how debt is assigned.

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How Isolation Can Affect Your Relationship

By Sheryl Rentz on August 5, 2020

In normal times, many working couples may only see each other after work, on holidays, and on weekends. Even when brief, these periods may prove invaluable to growing and strengthening a relationship. But, with the effect of the Pennsylvania Stay at Home Order, many couples may have experienced more “togetherness” than they needed or wanted. When both partners are forced to work at home, isolated, and essentially quarantined within the same four walls, the stress can put a strain on the relationship.

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Divorce by War Hammer? Not with Sheryl R. Rentz By Your Side

By Sheryl Rentz on March 30, 2020

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, trial by combat, a term more recently made famous by the HBO series Game Of Thrones, may just be legal in Pennsylvania, however unintentionally. The journal calls it an ‘obscure loophole’ but it is a leftover law from the British rule of the thirteen colonies before the Revolutionary War.

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Do You Know Your Local Divorce Rate?

By Sheryl Rentz on September 16, 2019

In 2018, there were 70,954 marriages and 33,412 divorces and annulments in Pennsylvania, as reported by the state Department of Health. Montgomery County ranked among the counties with the lowest divorce rates, with 1,523 divorces among an estimated population of 828,604, amounting to 540.86 residents per divorce. Read the rest »

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on August 20, 2019

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DIY Divorce Is Never a Good Idea

By Sheryl Rentz on July 18, 2019

Reaching the decision to divorce your spouse is never an easy one. For many couples seeking to dissolve a marriage in Pennsylvania, the process can be daunting. Emotions run high, and money can be stretched thin. Most divorcing couples simply want the process to be over with as quickly and cheaply as possible, which is why some go the route of DIY divorce. Read the rest »

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Social Media: A Bad Idea for Breakups (In Court and Out)

By Sheryl Rentz on May 7, 2019

Whatever you’re feeling about your ex right now, take our advice – and don’t post about it online. Don’t Tweet your frustrations. Don’t upload a rant to Facebook or repost a funny article about how to murder your wife. Don’t double-tap something on Instagram, implying that you believe men are inherently less competent parents. Read the rest »

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