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Pennsylvania custody and domestic disputes

When you are fighting for the custody of your child, there are likely to be disputes between you and the other parent. It might be the case that you both want what is best for your child, but if you come to disagreements in regard to this, angry disputes can arise.

There is a line between a heated argument and domestic violence and abuse. However often, when an argument occurs and the police are called, the line could be blurred. Situations can become increasingly complicated when one parent wrongfully attempts to use domestic violence allegations in order to hold them against the other parent and their custody battle.

What are my rights as a grandparent in Pennsylvania?

If you are a grandparent in Pennsylvania that is struggling to successfully visit your grandchildren, it can be a frustrating and heartbreaking situation to be in. You may even find yourself fearing for their welfare or safety, feeling powerless to do anything.

The important thing to remember is that you have the right to inform the authorities if you have a genuine reason to be concerned about the safety of your grandchildren. If you want to have visitation rights in the state of Pennsylvania, this can also be possible.

Divorcing as business partners

It is more common than ever for married couples to also be partners in business. This can be great when things are going well, enabling you to form a strong and united front. However, it can also mean that when the marital relationship is suffering, the business takes a hit as well.

This could not be more true when it comes to divorce. As a divorcing couple, you are unlikely to want to remain as business partners in the future. Therefore, as well as needing to divide up the parts of your marriage, you will also have to face dividing up your business. The following are some tips on how you can go about dividing your personal assets and business assets during a divorce:

Filing for a Protection From Abuse order

In a situation where you, and perhaps also your children, have been suffering from abuse at the hands of a person close to you, such as your former partner or your parent, there are protections in place to enable you to live your life in safety.

A Protection From Abuse (PFA) order is a court order that can legally protect you from mental and physical abuse by a specific person for up to three years. It places a set of restrictions and orders on the abuser to force him or her to discontinue the abuse. These orders create disincentives in the form of criminal charges if the abuser breaks any of these requirements.

Are you concerned about dividing your business in divorce?

Going into business with your spouse may have seemed like the ideal arrangement. You may have shared ideas, goals and successes and felt that it brought you closer together. Of course, every relationship -- business or personal -- can have its own set of issues, and when those issues collide, it may prove difficult to keep one or both of those relationships going. As a result, you may now face divorce.

Though you may mourn the loss of your marriage in some ways, you may also feel that it is for the best. However, you likely do not want to lose out on your fair share of the business, but you may also not know what the outcomes will be when it comes time to decide what to do with the company during the divorce. You could choose from multiple arrangements, but in any case, getting a business valuation may prove useful.

What can be bought with child support?

Child support is often believed to only be to provide the most basic needs of children. But child support orders are about more than just making sure that a child is fed and clothed. It is with the purpose of ensuring that a child has the best life possible based upon the incomes of both parents.

In this light, child support can be used to fund anything that is considered beneficial to the child. This could include school fees, music class, sports activities and medical costs.

The consequences of unpaid child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court, and this means that they must be paid by law. Although the law is strict when it comes to child support payments, studies show that less than 50 percent of children receive regular payments.

It is a federal offense to avoid paying court-ordered child support. If you do not pay on time, the following are some of the consequences that you could face.

Understanding temporary restraining orders

There are many legal protections available for survivors of domestic abuse. One of these means of protection is the act of taking out an emergency protection order. This means that the abuser will be arrested immediately if he or she breaks the terms of the order. Therefore, it provides a very strong deterrent and protects the victim.

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse, it is important to know that there is always help in the form of legal protection, and community support, when you need it.

How many fathers don't pay child support that they could afford?

One excuse that people sometimes give for failing to pay child support is that they simply can't afford it. Life is expensive. They have to pay rent and utilities. They have to buy food. They just don't earn enough to make ends meet and still send that child support check off to an ex every month.

Certainly, tough economic situations do play a role in this process in some cases. For instance, someone may lose his or her job and not realize that it's possible to get a court-ordered modification to the original child support order. Those original payments appear impossible.

QDROs, your divorce and your retirement savings

Divorce is the end of your marriage, but it can also be the onset of many significant financial changes in your life. You will have to divide marital property, distribute jointly held debt and settle matters related to spousal and child support. Divorce will not only bring immediate financial changes to your life, it can also bring long-term changes to your plans for down the road.

You worked hard to build and save for your golden years, and a divorce will certainly impact this type of asset as well. While you can expect some impact from the decision to end the marriage, your divorce does not necessarily have to dismantle your plans for retirement. As you pursue a property division agreement that is reasonable and fair, Pennsylvania readers may find it helpful to understand the process of addressing retirement savings in divorce.

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