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What if a parent needs to relocate after a child custody order?

Things change for people in Pennsylvania over the course of their lives. When new circumstances arise, they may need to make certain changes in their lives involving their children. Sometimes it means that the person needs to find a new job or move closer to a sick loved one, which requires that the person move their residence. This may not be that big of an issue when the person is single, but it can become a much bigger issue if the person has children.

It can be even more complicated if the parent is no longer with the other parent and both parents have child custody rights. Obviously moving a significant distance away from the other parent will have an effect on a parent's ability to exercise their custody rights. This does not mean that a parent can never relocate, but if both parents have custody rights then both parents need to consent to the relocation or the parent will need a court order permitting them to relocate with the child.

What is "Battered Women's Syndrome?"

Domestic abuse is a serious concern for many Americans throughout the United States. Many of the symptoms of domestic violence are not always easy to recognize, often making it difficult for an abused wife or girlfriend to get out of the situation. One common syndrome among repeatedly abused women is called battered women's syndrome.

Battered women's syndrome typically begins and stays in effect through three stages. First the abuser develops a tension that invokes fear in the abused. He then acts out on the abuse, which does not necessarily have to be physical abuse, but could be emotional psychological or sexual in nature. He then finishes the cycle by trying to apologize and promising to make things right. This last stage is often called the honeymoon stage, and is done to lessen the damage done, apply guilt to the victim, and reset the cycle so that it can continue.

Who can benefit from the collaborative divorce process?

If you and your spouse have come to the difficult decision to get a divorce, you may be wondering about how to approach the process. For many people getting a divorce, it is their first time and they aren't always sure what to expect. This is completely understandable, and because of this, some married couples aren't aware of a specific type of divorce process that could mean less stress on themselves and family members.

A method of divorce known as a less stressful way to divorce and for better communication is known as collaborative divorce. A fairly recent 'trend' on the divorce scene, the process was originally conceptualized in the 1990's and features a divorce process focused on communication and civility. The main factor defining a collaborative law divorce is a divorce in which the parties agree to commit to resolving a divorce and all related support, custody, and property disputes in a constructive and reasoned atmosphere.

Is your spouse hiding assets

Pennsylvania couples beginning the divorce process must handle several serious issues, one of which is property division. Whether you intend to attempt a collaborative resolution or head straight into litigation, prepare for disagreements about the most fair way to divide the marital assets.

Some spouses try to conceal assets, either because they purposely want to get more than their fair share or because they believe the process will result in an unfair division. However, filling out false information on the required affidavit may count as perjury and subject the perpetrator to a variety of legal sanctions.

Mayor accused of domestic abuse, wife seeks protection

Families in the spotlight, like celebrities, business owners or political families can reap the benefits, or the downsides, of the fame they have attained. A Pennsylvania mayor in nearby Williamsport has received mostly positive press, however, when his wife filed for divorce his name was dragged through the headlines. What was so disheartening about the headline? In it, the wife accused the mayor (and estranged husband) of spousal abuse.

Beyond her claims made in the filing and in PA divorce court, the mayor's wife did not cite the vague 'irreconcilable differences' as her reason for filing for divorce. Instead, the mayor's estranged wife claimed that her husband has engaged in unspecified acts with other women. Essentially, she has accused her estranged husband of cheating with multiple women. In addition, she claimed that she feared for her safety and the safety of her children as she has been the victim of domestic abuse and more specifically "cruel and barbarous treatment."

Basics of property division

The division of assets is an important part of divorce in Pennsylvania with long-lasting financial consequences. Planning should govern how these assets may be divided amicably or in a court proceeding.

Under Pennsylvania law, all property that either spouses obtain during the marriage is marital property that may be divided regardless of the name of the spouse assigned to the property. There are exceptions for gifts and inheritances. Any increase in premarital property, inheritances or gifts during marriage also becomes marital property.

Shared custody can be healthy custody arrangement for your child

Checking in on the health and well-being of your child is a daily, if not an hourly, activity of a good parent. So when parents decide it's time for their marriage to end and for parents to lead separate lives while still parenting their child, what is the best option? That question isn't easily answered as it varies from family to family. However, a shared custody arrangement can be a great option for families who are looking to equally (or fairly equally) care for their child from separate households.

Custody arrangements are tailored to the Cranberry Township family that is affects. That is why it is important to consider the important points that affect you and your family when determining what custody arrangement is going to be right for your family. The best interests of the child is the factor considered above all when a family law court makes it's decision about a child custody situation. Shared custody can consist of shared legal custody, physical custody or both.

Protection after threats of violence

Marriages have their fair share of challenges, as well as happy, positive moments. However, sometimes a deteriorating marriage can take a frightening turn when a spouse threatens violence or is otherwise aggressive toward their spouse or children. Since the divorce process can take weeks or even months, sometimes a divorce is not enough to protect oneself from threats of violence from an estranged spouse. This is why protective orders exist to help to those who are victims of domestic abuse.

Since family law is governed by Pennsylvania state law, one must look to the state statutes to determine a potential course of action to protect oneself against threats of violence. According to Pennsylvania's Protection From Abuse Act, a protective order may be issued by the court for a variety of offenses including physical violence, sexual violence and threats to harm. Also false imprisonment, in which a person is held against their will. Even sexual abuse of children is reason to seek a Protection from Abuse order or PFA.

What are the disadvantages of representing myself?

You may think that it is better for you to represent yourself when you are facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania. However, doing so could leave you at a significant disadvantage. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony, the consequences of your charges can have a long-lasting impact on your life. By representing yourself in court, you are gambling with your freedom, relationships, future and financial security. 

Take some time to learn about the disadvantages of self-representation before you decide to waive your right to legal counsel. 

PA doctor ends life due to spousal support, says daughter

Divorce can be the beginning of positive change for many couples. Especially when a marriage is no longer functioning, the change in lifestyle can be a welcomed option.

However, one Pennsylvania man who is recently divorced from his ex-wife did not have such a positive response. According to reports, the man decided to end his life. His daughter said it was due to his responsibility to pay spousal support. The doctor's daughter claimed that freedom and independence were hugely important to her father.

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