Divorce | Pennsylvania Family Law Blog - The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
No one goes into a marriage with divorce in mind. You hope that everything will work itself out, but when enough is enough, what do you do? Do you try to fight through or call it quits? Each person wants to blame the other one for the demise of the relationship. Read the rest »
When you’re in a relationship with someone, you trust them with your deepest and darkest secrets. With the rise in social media and technology, people are trusting their significant others with more than just secrets. Couples are sending nudes or risqué photos to each other, not thinking of the long-term effects they could have. Read the rest »
Anyone who has gone through a divorce will tell you that it is a highly emotional time. Now imagine the added stress of millions of people knowing about your divorce and talking about it constantly on TV, radio, and social media. That’s an issue high-profile couples have to deal with when they split up. Every salacious and embarrassing detail of your marriage is now common knowledge. If you have children, they can do a quick Google search and find out things that you may want to keep hidden. This is driving a lot of high-profile couples to request an anonymous divorce. Read the rest »