Pennsylvania Family Law Blog – The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz

Donor Offspring Custody During Divorce Proceedings

By Sheryl Rentz on March 1, 2022

A man, presumably a sperm donor.Couples have a variety of reasons for choosing a sperm donor to bring a child into this world and build their families. The most prominent reasons among couples for selecting sperm donors include instances of infertility and trying out new methods for having children. With reproductive choices like artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization, even the method for reproduction can vary among couples.

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Posted in: Child Custody

Sheryl R. Rentz 2022 Key to a Bright Future Scholarship

By Sheryl Rentz on February 24, 2022

At The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, we believe that college can be a wonderful experience for people who aspire to improve their lives. It takes a lot of hard work, but seeking higher education can be very rewarding. College is a wonderful place to gain enlightenment, advance your career, and develop meaningful relationships.

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How to Find Offshore Bank Accounts in a High-Asset Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on February 1, 2022

Stacks of $100 dollar bills in US currency.Many people engage in hiding assets to avoid paying their fair share in equitable division of assets in divorce. It is surprisingly easy to hide money in an offshore account. This financial strategy can be done before filing for divorce to try to avoid splitting the assets fairly. Tax havens are easily established in locations such as the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, or Belize, where accounts can be hidden due to rules regarding account ownership confidentiality and privacy protections these locations provide.

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Posted in: High-Asset Divorce

If You Liquidate a Family Business, How Are Assets Divided?

By Sheryl Rentz on January 20, 2022

In a Pennsylvania divorce, all marital assets are divided under state “equitable distribution” laws. Property must be divided fairly, taking a number of factors into consideration, including the length of the marriage and the earning ability of each spouse. Marital property is all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage, or using funds earned during the marriage. This may include a family business. Read the rest »

Posted in: Property Division

How Are Trademarks Divided in a Divorce?

By Sheryl Rentz on December 6, 2021

Copyright claim document in a typewriter.Trademarks, logos, and patents are all forms of intellectual property, which are protected under federal copyright laws. A legal copyright bestows exclusive rights for designers, inventors, authors, and artists to sell their creative works. This is done to encourage innovation by prohibiting others from “stealing” a person’s ideas and profiting from them.

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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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Posted in: Divorce

How NFTs Are Handled in a Pennsylvania Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 2, 2021

A painting hanging in a gallery.

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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Posted in: Divorce

How to Determine the Value of Cryptocurrency Investment in a Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on October 13, 2021

Bitcoin token with a crypto chart in the background.

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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Posted in: Divorce

Modifying Child Support Due to Long COVID

By Sheryl Rentz on August 27, 2021

Cash pulled from a white envelope.The changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt today as businesses, schools, and courts struggle to carve out a return to normalcy. While vaccinations and testing have improved public health and safety, the development of the Delta Variant has stalled progress and led to another serious wave.

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Posted in: Child Support

The Role of a Parenting Coordinator in Your Custody Dispute

By Sheryl Rentz on August 13, 2021

Women in blue jacket talking to coworker at a tableComing to terms on a custody plan and sticking to an agreement requires a lot of planning, commitment, and compromise. But the stresses of a divorce can easily weigh on these agreements and bar parents from resolving disputes cordially. In order to avoid having parents take every matter to court, Pennsylvania utilizes parenting coordinators to process high-conflict cases.

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Posted in: Child Custody

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