The concept of alimony has been with us for centuries.
It’s older than the Roman Empire, predates the birth of Socrates and Aristotle and had been around for 1,000 years at the time of the first Olympic games.
The point is, humans have long held that alimony – financial support from one spouse to another in the wake of a divorce – is a good idea.
But how is alimony determined? There’s no simple formula. Courts in Pennsylvania will typically have an ex-spouse pay three types of support during a divorce:
- Spousal support – This is paid after a separation but before a divorce becomes final.
- Alimony pendente lite – Those last two words are Latin for “while action is pending.” The action in this case is the pending divorce. A judge can order one spouse to provide temporary support before the divorce becomes final.
- Alimony – An order for financial support issued when – or after – the divorce is finalized.
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Divorce can be a frightening experience, partly because there is so much uncertainty involved.
You look to the future and see only questions that you can’t answer
“Where do I go from here?”
“Can I afford this?”
And, most importantly, “What’s going to happen to my kids?”
This last one is likely to be a major issue in settling your divorce case. That’s why we’ve put together this list of common questions you might have about deciding child custody.
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Last year was a bad year for DUI crashes in Pennsylvania. According to state police, troopers responded to more than 5,100 DUI-related accidents in 2017, a 14 percent jump from the previous year.
That’s to say nothing to the number of DUI arrests – 19,963. And of those arrests, 243 took place over a three day period: between December 23 and December 25.
The holiday season, we’re sad to say, is often a dangerous time for drivers, and a busy time to be a PA DUI attorney.
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When the music legend Aretha Franklin died this month, she left behind an amazing musical legacy and her estate.
What she didn’t leave was a will, meaning her heirs are left to divide up her estate.
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Whether it’s Google or the corner grocery store, every business needs a lawyer.
“Wait a second,” you might be saying. “I can see why Google would need a lawyer. Facebook, sure. They’re always in the news. But we’re a two-person operation. Most of our customers can walk here. Why do we need a lawyer?”
And yes, chances are you won’t have to deal with the types of legal issues the Mark Zuckerbergs and Elon Musks of the world have to face. But your company could still benefit from having solid legal advice. Here are some scenarios where a small business lawyer might come in handy.
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You’ve probably heard the term “amicable divorce” more than a few times throughout your life. “Amicable” is a word that often appears in news stories when celebrity couples decide to break up.
But there’s quite a gulf between the idea of a peaceful dissolution of marriage and the reality of divorce, a life event that often brings feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and recrimination.
Maybe you’re going through a divorce, or on the brink of one, and don’t want to arrive at a place where you and your spouse exhaust your financial and emotional resources and end up hating each other.
It doesn’t have to be that way. An amicable divorce is possible, if you and your partner make the right choices for how to proceed.
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You drive this road every day.
You know every turn, every stoplight, every sign. Every day, it’s pretty much the same drive.
Then one day, it’s a different drive. You have a green light, but somebody makes an illegal left turn right in your path. You have time to think, “This is going to happen,” right before the crash.
The next thing you know, you’re talking to a paramedic. The police are on their way. You’ve been injured and need medical attention, but you might also need a lawyer.
In the wake of a car crash, accident lawyers in PA can help in a lot of different ways.
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In a perfect world, child custody negotiations would run smoothly every time. There’d be no need for us to write this blog post, let alone focus on this practice area.
But we live in an imperfect world, one in which the question “Who gets the kids?” often leads to the ugliest chapter in many divorce cases.
However, there are ways you approach child custody matters in a way that can makes the process more comfortable, writes therapist Ugo Uche in Psychology Today.
Uche, who runs the Road 2 Resolutions counseling service in Phoenix, Arizona and lists three rules for child custody negotiations:
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There’s change in the air when it comes to Pennsylvania marijuana laws and drug crimes.
Earlier this month, the state began allowing people with medical marijuana cards to buy marijuana in dry leaf form.
This followed previous legislation that let patients purchase medical marijuana as a pill or ointment. The law doesn’t allow them to smoke marijuana but does permit them to consume it with a vaporizer.
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When Jim and Alice met during their first year in college they never would have thought the words “contested divorce” were anywhere in their future.
They began dating at the end of sophomore year, got engaged after graduation and got married a year later. And things were bliss in the early days, and really good for the next few years.
Then came some years that weren’t so good. They fought. They didn’t communicate. They grew apart. Things fell apart. And when it came time to get divorced, things got unpleasant.
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