Pennsylvania couples who choose to live together before marriage could be at a higher risk for divorce according to a recent study. Over the years, statistical analysis has indicated that people who live together before marriage may be more likely to struggle with conflicts during the marriage. Other researchers have argued that this effect can derive from multiple factors, including social disapproval of premarital cohabitation. As of 2018, a strong majority of Americans approve of living together before marriage.
Going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful and daunting experience, especially if you and your soon-to-be ex have children together. While you may be ready to enter a new chapter in life, your children might not feel the same, and safeguarding their well-being is likely your top priority.
When people in Pennsylvania hear the term, "prenuptial agreement," they may have a lot of preconceived ideas. In many cases, public perception of prenups is shaped by news coverage of celebrity divorces and the associated legal battles. However, this document can often be a responsible choice for many types of couples. A lot of people steer clear of prenups because they fear that these agreements equal them beginning to plan for divorce before the wedding has even happened. However, prenups can also be mutual documents that respect each other and provide common-sense protections.
Many people in Pennsylvania file for divorce every year. Some choose to proceed without a lawyer and file the paperwork on their own. A person who is representing him or herself is known as a "pro se" litigant.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the financial landscape for people getting divorced. Couples in Pennsylvania who are splitting up and have children will need to consider carefully which person will qualify as the Head of Household for tax filing purposes. In divorces that include the payment of spousal support, the new tax laws reverse long-standing approaches to deductions and taxation for alimony.
Grandparents have special relationships with their grandchildren, and in some cases, it is necessary for them to step in and take a parental role as well. Cases in which the parents are unfit or other unique circumstances exist, grandparents may have a valid claim to custody. These are complex cases, but the court's ultimate goal is to protect the interests of the children.
Divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can go through in Pennsylvania. It can be emotionally, financially and mentally draining no matter the ages of the people involved. It can be even harder on older couples than on young couples with children. For people who have been married for a long time, future plans and assets may be tied together in ways that are hard to unravel.