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Understanding equitable distribution law in Pennsylvania

In the United States, the law differs significantly from state to state on the law in regard to the division of marital assets. In Pennsylvania, equitable distribution law is recognized. This means that all property within the marriage is separate. Therefore the assets should be generally divided to in a fair way that recognizes the contribution of each spouse in the marriage.

Dividing retirement accounts in a Pennsylvania divorce

If you are a divorcing couple and you are reaching retirement age, retirement accounts could be some of the most valuable assets that you have. Therefore, before you take action in filing for a divorce, it is a good idea to take the time to understand how the law works in the state of Pennsylvania when it comes to dividing assets such as retirement accounts.

Is hiding assets during a divorce legal?

If you are contemplating divorce or starting the process of going through a divorce, it may have occurred to you that there is a lot at stake when it comes to dividing assets. Generally, the more assets that a household has, the more complicated it is to successfully and fairly divide them during a divorce. This is because there is more to lose, and high asset couples tend to be more lucrative in terms of wanting to get a successful outcome for themselves.

Explaining how retirement assets are handled during divorce

Going through a divorce in Philadelphia is never easy. Even if you are going through your second or third divorce, it can still be difficult to handle. You need to make informed, smart decisions during the entire process. That includes figuring out how your retirement assets are divided between you and your soon-to-be ex. The best way to protect your rights is through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).

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.

3 options when selling your home during divorce

You've owned your home for five years, and now you and your spouse are getting divorced. You think it's worth more than you paid for it, but it's not an asset that you control outright. What can you do with it? There are three basic options, assuming you don't want to go on jointly owning the home even after the divorce -- something that can be problematic if your spouse stops making the payments, as you'd still be liable.

Is it easier to get divorced when you're wealthy?

Do you ever feel like wealthy people and celebrities get divorced more often than anyone else? Some who have studied divorce have come to the conclusion that part of the reason may be economic stability, which makes it easier for the wealthy to split up.

People sometimes take serious risks to hide assets

It may be fraud to hide assets during a divorce, but people still do it. If you're worried that your spouse is stashing away money before the split, you should know that it may be an even bigger risk than you realized. Your spouse may be putting your financial future in jeopardy.

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